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The Truth About: Russell Westbrook

The Truth About: Russell Westbrook

“I’m out man, y’all niggas trippin…” – Russell Westbrook

I, too, am out, when niggas trippin. I am Russell Westbrook; Russell Westbrook is me. Westbrook is my favorite player in the NBA and easily can be considered anywhere in the top 2-5 players on earth right now (we’re living in a LeBron world, deal with it). I understand and respect Kevin Durant leaving for Golden State but if I’m Russell Westbrook, it was the best news I ever heard in my life. If my teammate, who I went to an NBA Finals with and was ONE win away from another trip, decides to leave? He never wanted to be here in the first place, and he can go fuck himself. We all saw Russ death stare KD’s MVP trophy, which was all in preparation for this moment. Truth be told, it’s time to boss up on everybody and this is the truth about Russell Westbrook.

The way people choose to highlight your “flaws” is a sure sign of greatness. For years, all anyone complained about with Westbrook was his “selfish” play or questioning whether or not he was a point guard? A greater sign of greatness is when you hear that jive talk (thanks Myke) and turn your “flaws” into strengths. Last two seasons, Westbrook has averaged 9 & 10 assists respectively but the wild shit is, numbers don’t tell Russ’ story at all. You have to watch this maniac (a compliment) play to fully understand just how good, important and valuable he is as a basketball player. Do his turnovers in certain spots bother me? Sure but that’s like complaining about your private jet only being three-quarters full; you have a private fucking jet! This maniac is non-stop motion on both sides of the court (yes, defense is still important) and I would say things like, “When Westbrook learns how to pace his game…” I was a fucking moron because the way Westbrook plays basketball is exactly how I would want to if I were an NBA player.

Any team that losses a Kevin Durant won’t be “better” for it but Westbrook will be. During Durant’s injury filled 14-15 season, Russ led the league in scoring with 28ppg, while averaging 7rpg, handing out 9apg and almost leading the Thunder to the playoffs (they lost a 45-37 tiebreaker to N.O.) You’re not talking about any ole player, this man is a beast. Westbrook is 6’3 and is a triple-double threat every time he steps on the floor, the last player comparable in size to be a triple-double threat was Jason Kidd, who in no coincidence, is my favorite point guard ever. I don’t think we have ever seen a player of Westbrook’s stature attack every angle of the game as aggressively and efficiently as he does.

A lot of the narrative this season for OKC will be about Westbrook finally getting to run his own team but this is necessary. As much as I respect basketball as the team sport it is; break-ups are necessary for man to become great. Look at Mark Zuckerberg, he got left and created Facebook. Zuckerberg could have been acting out in public like Future does because Ciara took her goodies to the west coast but he manned up and put in work of historical proportions. It’s time for Westbrook to do the same, let KD go to the west coast and have all the fun or stress of his new cohorts.

Westbrook has it easy from here on out but he has to follow my plan for him. See, KD has always and will always cast a shadow on the supernova that is Westbrook. When KD was injured it was, “This team is going to be even more dangerous when Durant returns”. When Durant returned it was, “Is Westbrook holding Durant back?” Now that KD has left it’s going to be, “Can Westbrook do it in OKC without KD?” Here’s what needs to happen, Westbrook needs to be Westbrook and he will be but who wants to stay on a farm in Oklahoma when all they’ll do is tell you, “You’re not Kevin Durant” if you fail, as if he helped you accomplish anything? Westbrook has to come to the New York Knicks. Sure, we have D. Rose but he’s on a 1-year contract, as is Westbrook. We made that move thinking about you. See, OKC was all worried about Kevin leaving, you were an afterthought. You come to NYC and instantly become the biggest sports star in this city (which happens to be the most important city on earth) how beautiful is that? I know you like fashion, shit, you can live out your fashionista dream right here where NYFW is revered worldwide. Fuck it, aren’t you a Team Jordan athlete? You can throw a fashion show inside Terminal 23; EVERYTHING IS HERE FOR YOU TO BECOME KING! By the way, we have this guy named Kristaps, he’s 7’3, runs the floor, shoots beautifully and plays defense and he doesn’t care about the spotlight. In OKC, you’ll always be their 2nd love, in NYC, you wouldn’t be a savior; you’d be GOD, you know who God is? He created the savior; think about it Russ, think about it.

Speaking of fashion, next week it’s time to say farewell to one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the world, Mr. Tim Duncan. Until then, stay away from the police, they're a bunch of thugs.

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Stop Lyin' to Yourself About: The Knicks

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