The level of tension between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook often was overstated — they got along well. They weren’t Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble close, and the two alpha’s had some tension on the court at points, but their relationship was better than plenty of other star duos in the league.

Notice I said “was.”

In an honest interview with SINA in China (Durant is on a Nike-fueled tour through Asia) Durant said he and Westbrook’s relationship is now forever altered. Via Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group:

“I just told him, I let him know how I felt. And you obviously, our relationship probably won’t ever be the same again, but it’s something I wanted to do and I expressed that to him. Hopefully, he respected it.”

There will always be a bond between the two on one level — they were the stars that brought basketball to Oklahoma City, won over fans, and racked up a lot of victories.