Westbrook Says Will Play The Same Despite Criticisms

Westbrook Says Will Play The Same Despite Criticisms

Published on June 16th, 2012

Thunder's all-star point guard Russell Westbrook says he will not change his game because of the criticisms he has been hearing...

Posted by Daye Kaba

Thunder's all-star point guard Russell Westbrook says he will not change his game because of the criticisms he has been hearing:

"I'm not making no adjustments, regardless of what anybody says," Westbrook said Saturday before the Thunder's practice. "I'm going to play my game regardless of what happens."

Westbrook has basically been the target of all criticism on the Thunder, but he never changed his game. The Thunder are now in the finals, and he is a big reason for their success. Neither Kevin Durant, nor his the Thnder's coach Scott Brooks expect or want Westbrook to change his game, as they told ESPN:

Brooks: "We need Russell to score. I know some (people) don't like that," Brooks said. "He got off to a bad start but he came back. Him and Kevin are both terrific players, they both have to score points for us to be successful. I don't look at who gets more, who doesn't get more. I look at the quality of the shots. Could Russell have taken two or three better shots? Absolutely. Going into (Game 3), hopefully that's the case."

Durant: "Everyone thinks he should be a traditional point guard like a (John) Stockton. There's a lot of people that cannot be like Russ either. Of course he's going to make mistakes."

It's nice to see that his team has his back...
I actually watched what ESPN's Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless had to say about Westbrook's performance, and thought they should be ashamed of their reaction (you can watch it here). Stephen A. is the biggest hypocrite in television. One day he praises Westbrook, and the next he rips him, and calls him "selfish". If Westbrook takes many shots and efficiently scores, he is the king of the world, but when the shots don't fall, he is selfish. The Thunder need him to be aggressive, and score the basketball. He has done that for the past 3 years, and they are in the NBA FINALS partially because of his play. It's time to stop the hate and be objective. 
As you probably already know, Westbrook could care less what anyone says. He uses it to motivate himself:
"It's just something that comes along with the territory," Westbrook said. "We're in the NBA Finals now and the more negative you hear, the better you're doing. That's how I look at it."

Comment (1)

Agreed! Westbrook is improving constantly. He will hae some rough quarters. What I love most about him is his intensity & that he will not give up.
#1 - Clayton - 16/06/2012 - 23:18
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