Written by: John Bray (@44ShadesOfBray)
Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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He’s the hero Oklahoma City deserves, and unlike Batman, he’s exactly the one they need right now.
Westbrook does what he wants, when he wants. That’s nothing new to NBA fans. His selfish & reckless win at all costs mentality has been the butt of many jokes and Internet memes, but he’s never let that effect him. In fact, Westbrook, “don’t know what memes is.”
While hilarious, that response perfectly fits him. He doesn’t listen to the haters, even if they are chirping about his questionable fashion statements.
But recently, Westbrook has done the unthinkable. He was already named Western Conference player of the month for February. But that wasn’t enough. In four straight games, he’s produced four consecutive triple doubles. FOUR. Let that sink in. FOUR CONSECUTIVE TRIPLE DOUBLES! Michael Jordan still had hair the last time anyone did such a thing. (MJ was the last, back in 1989.)
Here’s the numbers for those who didn’t already know:
Oh and let’s not forget about what happened in the Portland game:
That dent forced Westbrook into surgery and to miss the following game against the Lakers. One game. (Technically four days, but still.)
Then Wednesday night happened. I’m sure Westbrook is aware of the Thunder’s playoff situation and how out West, every game is a must win. Probably why he returned as quickly as he did. But donning a protective mask, it was business as usual for Westbrook. There was easing back from cheekbone surgery, as evidenced by his stat line but maybe more by this sweet coast-to-coast finish.
Are we sure that Westbrook is human? I’m honestly starting to believe otherwise.
In order to support that claim, consider this. Westbrook has had MORE knee surgeries than Derrick Rose. Rose, responding like every human ever, has seen a decline in his output and doesn’t look the same. Westbrook, being the mon-star that he is, has gotten BETTER over time. He’s just as quick, explosive, and aggressive as he’s ever been. This year he is averaging 27 points per game, 8.2 assists per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, and a Player Efficiency Rating of 29.91.
Getting back to my initial Batman analogy, Kevin Durant has been injured much of this season and Westbrook looks like a man on a mission. Possibly motivated by Durant’s MVP, Westbrook wants to prove that he can be the man in Oklahoma City, or at least from my judgment it appears that way. He wants the fans to know that IF Durant does leave after this season, OKC will be A-OKAY.
So stop critiquing Westbrook. He isn’t listening anyways. Enjoy him for what he is. In a few years we may look back and say he is the most athletic basketball player of all-time. Appreciate his wild and exciting brand of basketball. It’s what got him this far. It’s what entered him into what appeared to be a two horse race between James Harden and Steph Curry.
Maybe he has been following the memes all along…