Exploring the misconceptions about Rockets’ Russell Westbrook
Many thought the Thunder were going to miss the postseason following the departure of Durant, not to mention the trade that sent James Harden packing to the Houston Rockets just four seasons earlier.
But Westbrook had other plans, as the Thunder made the postseason in each of the three years after KD left, which isn’t easy to do in the highly contested Western Conference. Durant even gave Russ credit, as he described Westbrook as an untamed force earlier this season.
But the knock on Westbrook in the media is that he’s a “bad teammate” and that he runs players off, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Durant and Paul George have been cited as examples for those who hold this school of thought.
But it was later established that Durant felt that he and Westbrook together weren’t enough to get past the Golden State Warriors’ super trio and that OKC needed a third wheel, which they previously had in James Harden.
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