NBA star Russell Westbrook uses 'Any Given Sunday' to put Kevin Durant on notice

In case anyone was wondering whether NBA star Russell Westbrook was taking the return of his former teammate, Kevin Durant, to Oklahoma City seriously, his pregame wardrobe just removed all doubt.

Strolling into the Chesapeake Energy Arena hours before the 8:30 p.m. ET tip-off, Westbrook sported a number 13 Willie Beamen jersey. If you've forgotten, Beamen is the unapologetically awesome quarterback character played by Jamie Foxx in Any Given Sunday. Beamen's struggle in the film, like Westbrook's in real life, is defying the doubters, even in the face of his obvious talent.

Westbrook often uses his wardrobe to send not-so-subtle messages. Last year, when the Oklahoma City Thunder guard played against Durant in Oakland, he wore an orange photographer's vest, a fashion choice many took as a dig at Durant's hobby of photography.

In the days leading up to Durant's return to OKC, the speculation about how fans will receive him has turned into its own story, beyond talk of who might actually win the game.

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NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant of the Seattle superSonics pose for a portrait back stage during the 2008 NBA Draft on June 26, 2008 at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser /NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY - NOVEMBER 20: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder participate in the Oklahoma City Thunder Holiday Assist charitable events and donations program with a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway on November 20, 2008 at the Presbyterian Urban Mission in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY - DECEMBER 19: Kevin Durant #35 and Russell Westbrook #0 give each other pats on the back seconds before a win against the Toronto Raptors at the Ford Center on December 19, 2008 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Larry W. Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 14: (L-R) Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder watch the Play Station Skills Challenge on All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 14, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY - OCTOBER 28: Kevin Durant #35 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrate their first win of the season seconds before the game clock stops in the 4th quarter of the game against the Sacremento Kings on October 28, 2009 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
Basketball: Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant (35) and Russell Westbrook (0) laughing on sidelines bench during game vs Dallas Mavericks. Dallas, TX 1/15/2010 CREDIT: Greg Nelson (Photo by Greg Nelson /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: X83441 TK1 R10 F85 )
OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 14: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder hugs teammate Russell Westbrook #0 in the closing minutes of their victory against the Utah Jazz on March 14, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 27: (L-R) Russell Westbrook #0 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder sit on the bench late in the fourth quarter while taking on the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - SEPTEMBER 27: Russell Westbrook #0 and Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder pose for a portrait during NBA Media Day on September 27, 2010 at The Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)
Basketball: NBA Playoffs: Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant (35) with Russell Westbrook (0) during game vs Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Arena. Game 5.Oklahoma City, OK 4/27/2011CREDIT: Greg Nelson (Photo by Greg Nelson /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)(Set Number: X85882 TK1 R8 F9 )
PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 27: Kevin Durant #35 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 27, 2012 at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 27: Kevin Durant #35 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder pose for a picture during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 27, 2012 at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 28: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder hugs teammate Kevin Durant #35 after he hits the game winning shot against the Dallas Mavericks in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 16: Russell Westbrook #0, left, and Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder speak following their team's victory against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 16, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant of the 2012 USA Basketball Men?s National Team attend a press conference at the main press center July 27, 2012 in London, just a few hours before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GettyImages)
US guard Russell Westbrook and US forward Kevin Durant (R) celebrate after winning the London 2012 Olympic Games men's gold medal basketball game between USA and Spain at the North Greenwich Arena in London on August 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 17: Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant jokes as they leave the hotel for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game Presented by Kia Motors during All Star Weekend on February 17, 2013 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 21: Kevin Durant #35 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrate while playing the Houston Rockets in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2013 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - NOVEMBER 06: Kevin Durant #35 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder smile and laugh before the game against the Dallas Mavericks on November 06, 2013 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 13: (L-R) Russell Westbrook #0 and Kevin Durant celebrate a 105-104 win against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 13, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK MAY 27: Kevin Durant #35 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrate during a game against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on May 27, 2014 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
TULSA, OK - NOVEMBER 19: Russell Westbrook introduces Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder during a ceremony where he is inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on November 19, 2015 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 14: MVP Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Western Conference is congratulated by teammate Kevin Durant #35 after defeating the Eastern Conference during the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 2: Kevin Durant #35 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder prepare for Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 2, 2016 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photos by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)
November 3, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots a technical foul shot as Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) looks on during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 18: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder point in different directions after the ball went out of bounds at ORACLE Arena on January 18, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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One thing's for sure, if Westbrook can somehow pull off a win against the Golden State Warriors, now stacked with four All-Stars, he'll seal his status as the frontrunner for league MVP.

More importantly, he'll also earn vindication and praise from everyone who (rightly or wrongly) thinks Durant bailed on OKC's loyal fan base just to seek an easier path to a championship.

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