On the Fourth of July of this year, the day Kevin Durant announced he would be leaving the Thunder for the Warriors, Russell Westbrook posted a photo of some festive cupcakes.
“HAPPY 4th YALL,” Westbrook wrote in the seemingly unassuming caption.
But in a profile for The Crossover, SI's Lee Jenkins revealed the photo was actually a subtle jab at Westbrook's former teammate.
“Westbrook didn’t disparage Durant. He didn’t judge him. All he did was take a picture. When Kendrick Perkins played center for the Thunder, he called teammates 'cupcake' if he thought they were acting a little soft. Westbrook and Durant adopted the term in jest. Westbrook posted a bittersweet pic on Instagram: three plates of cupcakes topped by red and blue stars and sprinkles.”