Russell Westbrook Doesn’t Seem Worried About Guarding Steph Curry
Maybe I'm going out on a limb here, but it's starting to appear that NBA superstars are getting pretty sick of being asked about Steph Curry.
Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder will take on Curry and the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night, and Westbrook seemed less-than-enthusiastic in his response to a question about guarding the NBA's first unanimous MVP.
Here's the full video of his response, in case you'd like to see the "dude I'm not about to do this with you people again" body language.
To be fair, I'm not sure what else Westbrook should've said in this situation. They are dueling point guards who are about to face off in the conference finals. Not to mention the fact that Westbrook himself has been an absolute phenomenon this season, but has been outshone and overlooked because Curry and the Warriors are just that much more exceptional. Curry has received more individual praise for his 2015-16 season than just about any player since Michael Jordan. His opposition shouldn't obligated to pile on.
The fact of the matter is that if it weren't for Curry, Westbrook's exceptional season would've been on everyone's radar. It's really not fair to expect him to not be a little bit salty about that. There is also something to be said for not worshiping at the alter of a current opponent, no matter how undeniably great they are. If Westbrook doesn't believe that he is a better point guard than Curry, then what the hell is the point, right?
Plus, although Curry is undoubtedly the greatest pure shooter in the NBA and possibly of all-time, there is an argument to be made for Westbrook's skill as an all-around guard. It remains to be seen whether Westbrook will be able guard Curry with any increase effectiveness over everyone else who has tried this season, but in this particular situation, his unwillingness to feed into the Steph Curry media monster is completely understandable. And maybe even a little bit admirable.
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