Russell Westbrook: MVP of Shade
And they don't have no award for that
Russell Westbrook is a national treasure who has long transcended just being the prime offspring of the NBA’s 1990s bully ball era. He shades his more celebrated ex-teammate in Jordan commercials. He treats the press like they’re paparazzi and he’s a Kardashian just trying to get some grocery shopping done. Aside from this, dare we say, sweet(?) gesture to Kevin Durant during the All-Star game, there’s barely any proof that he isn’t of the same robot tribe as Klay Thompson. And Westbrook pretending that Steph Curry is a bench-warming airhead won’t help.
Westbrook’s awkward-but-calculated comment came during a pre-game interview in Toronto today, during which the Thunder point guard was asked about Steph Curry declaring that James Harden should best Westbrook for this year’s MVP award. “I don’t care what he says,” Westbrook replied as he slowly scanned the air above the press pool. “Who’s he?”
Russ don’t care. (via @SNFaizalKhamisa)
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If you missed last year’s Western Conference Finals, in which the Warriors erased a 3-1 deficit against the Thunder to advance to the NBA Finals, you should know that Westbrook and Curry were hardly buddies before today. They dueled mercilessly throughout that seven-game series, and during it Westbrook condescendingly laughed off a reporter’s question about Curry being “underrated” defensively.
Is there an argument for James Harden being MVP this year? Absolutely, he’s had a fantastic season. But if you think Steph made his MVP pick without knowing that it would get back to Russell Westbrook, you’re not paying enough attention.