MVP Russell Westbrook is growing tired of people saying that he’s “stealing rebounds” in order to pad his stats. At practice today, Westbrook told reporters, “If you don’t want [the rebound], I’ma get it. Simple as that.”
Russell has every right to be annoyed, he plays his ass off each and every game. He wants that ball, and he goes and gets it. The fire inside of him is real, and it’s not about stats, it’s about playing with intensity.
Russell Westbrook went off about the triple-double/stealing rebounds/stat-padding narrative “The people that’s talking and saying what they need to say, they should try to do it and see how hard it is.” pic.twitter.com/1DqUM1bTKP
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) April 11, 2018
“A lot of people make jokes about stat-padding or going to get rebounds. If people could get 20 rebounds a night, they would. If people could get 15 rebounds, they would.
“The people that’s talking and saying whatever they need to say, they should try and do it and see how hard it is.
“Since everybody wants to be talking… I’m tried of hearing the same old rebound-this, stealing rebounds, all this shit.
“I take pride in what I do. I come out and play and I get the ball faster than somebody else gets to it. That’s just what it is.
“If you don’t want it, I’ma get it. Simple as that.”
You can’t win these daays. You get too many stats, people complain. You don’t get enough stats, people complain. The only way to shut people up in the NBA is to win Championships.
Good luck Russ, that’s a lot harder than averaging a triple double, which you made look easy. He’s also had 100 career triple doubles, that’s just crazy.