Russell Westbrook: Temper temper
Russell Westbrook got fuming pissed off at his team last night and we have seen this before. Westbrook blows up and there’s no calming him down. It’s his temper that might stand in the way of him and Kevin Durant winning multiple championships.
Durant and Westbrook have gotten into it several times on the court, including last night. It’s easy to pin the blame on Westbrook in this situation because who could fight with KD? Durant takes a workman-like approach to the game and comes off like a silent assassin. The Durantula has never had his attitude called into question and by all accounts has been the model teammate in Oklahoma City.
Westbrook is ultra talented but when things do go his way is when the temper flairs. He was 0-for-13 last night when he was caught yelling at Thabo Sefolosha and then proceeded to fight with Durant. The big question is if Durant and Westbrook can co-exist in Oklahoma City and it has been for a while. Teammates say that when Westbrook gets angry in practice or a game that there is no getting through to him, that he just get enraged and most of the time he just has to leave.
Westbrook is a scorer. Much like Derrick Rose, Russ West is a point guard only because he brings the ball up the court. His weakness is quarterbacking a team, dropping assists, and making other players better. Westbrook has only been playing the point guard position for three years and it’s understandable at 23 why he still has some development to work on.
This could go one of two ways. Either the Thunder win championships despite the erratic temper of Westbrook or he goes the way of Stephon Marbury. Marbury couldn’t handle being the number two option in Minnesota next to Kevin Garnett and got out of Minnesota as soon as he could.
All in all, too much is made of the chemistry between the two stars in OKC. Some people advocate trading Westbrook to get a pure point guard alongside of Durant but you can’t risk it because of Westbrook’s superstar potential. He may need some anger management counseling or a hug but he doesn’t need a new team.
I think that they will be fine and I would actually be more worried if these two young stars didn’t fight at all. At least it shows that they care about what’s going on. The most important part of this is that even though tempers flared and Westbrook had an awful game, the Thunder still pulled out a win against one of the Western Conference’s heavyweights, the Memphis Grizzlies.