The subtlest troll jobs are the very best. Just ask Russell Westbrook, who pulled off this apparent masterpiece before his Oklahoma City Thunder took on Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night:
If you can’t quite make it out in the photos, Westbrook is wearing a bright orange smock that reads “Official Photographer.” As noted by the reporters above, Durant is something of a recreational shutterbug himself. You might remember that the Warriors superstar was on hand for Super Bowl 50, snapping pictures from the sidelines:
To an extent, this is nothing new from Westbrook. When Durant spoke to reporters after Super Bowl 50, his then-teammate sneaked up behind him for a little good-natured mockery:
In fact, here’s my theory — Westbrook knew we’d all flip out over his “official photographer” bib and draw the connection to Durant’s hobby. He probably knew we’d even bring up that video from earlier this year. So instead of trolling KD, Westbrook is meta-trolling everyone who pays attention to the little minutiae in the NBA.
If Westbrook was trolling KD, though, it seems fair to say that the move backfired spectacularly.