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#21 RayRay


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Posted February 01, 2013 - 09:14 PM

Russell being Russell. That's really all it is.
With 8:53 left and his team up 25 in the third quarter of the Thunder's 106-89 win over Memphis on Thursday night, Russell Westbrook and Thabo Sefolosha exchanged heated words over a five-second backdown violation. Westbrook was upset Sefolosha made a cut to bring over a second defender. The two barked at each other and things went on.
Except they didn't. Westbrook came out of the game earlier than usual and appeared to lose his mind on the bench. While assistant Mo Cheeks attempted to reason with him, Westbrook slammed down his towel, flipped over some equipment and took off for the locker room.
When he returned minutes later, the Thunder's 25-point lead had been cut to 10 and Westbrook's tantrum was quickly becoming a major storyline.
Westbrook then returned to the game to begin the fourth quarter and, ironically, was a steadying force, helping OKC settle down and put away a depleted Grizzlies team. But still, that outburst was odd and concerning.
Westbrook dubbed it a "miscommunication" and the team and coach Scott Brooks completely downplayed it postgame, chalking it up to Westbrook just being emotional and frustrated with himself.

Thanks man
So basically, this dudes a weirdo
only Kobe can stop Kobe.

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Posted February 01, 2013 - 10:17 PM

Thanks man
So basically, this dudes a weirdo

Yeah, it's really tough to figure out what set him off to such a degree in that moment. We all slip from time-to-time, but we all have to be held accountable when we do.

I agree with those who are saying it's this sort of behavior that indicates he lacks the mental acuity to become a champion.

Edited by SportyIntellectual, February 01, 2013 - 10:17 PM.

#23 bigvee



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Posted February 02, 2013 - 08:36 AM

I feel like Thabo has been doing something, either in practice or in previous games, that has been annoying Westbrook, and this one just set off his little tantrum. Pretty childish IMO. Seems like high school basketball ish.

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Posted February 02, 2013 - 10:11 AM

Dude is as talented a player as there is in the NBA, but as dumb as a rock.

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Posted February 02, 2013 - 12:16 PM

Dude is as talented a player as there is in the NBA, but as dumb as a rock.

How is he dumb?

He is just overly emotional...and a douche.

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Posted February 02, 2013 - 07:34 PM

There seems to be an on going issue between Thabo and Westbrook this has been going on for a few years now

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Posted February 03, 2013 - 01:22 AM

This over emotional thing will pay him money in few years ...he'll learn. besides, i don't understand these criticisms, some [expletive] throws here and there , no biggie.

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Posted February 03, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Never said he was "weak minded", he just lets his emotions rule him and that's going to get him into trouble.

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Posted February 04, 2013 - 06:51 AM

Great player, but he still has ways to grow mentally.

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