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Russell Westbrook: One of One

He’s changing the game and rewriting the NBA’s history books as one of the most dominant PGs we’ve ever seen, do not take him for granted.

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Just wanted to give my congratulations to the kid from Long Beach, California, Russell Westbrook for passing Oscar Robertson last night for the most Triple Doubles in NBA History with 182.

Russell Westbrook passing “The Big O” at only age 32 is not normal at all. Westbrook is currently averaging his 4th Triple Double in his career and has shown no signs of slowing down. He alongside Bradley Beal are currently carrying a red hot Wizards team towards a possible playoff spot and that can’t be taken lightly.

When Russ came into the 16'-17' season after Kevin Durant’s departure, he shocked the entire league with the numbers he put up (31.6 PPG, 10.4 APG, 10.7 RPG) en route to winning his first ever MVP award. Russ gives the game 110% every time he steps on the court, but for whatever deluded reason, he’s been labeled a “stat padder” since he averaged his second straight Triple Double in the 17'-18' season.

So what changed? What made it so easy for the media and most fans alike to turn on Westbrook? Time and time again we root for the failure of generational players who do nothing but help their teams win games. People like Stephen A. Smith are so quick to dismiss what a player is currently doing because of what they haven’t done.

Winning championships aren’t easy, and it’s time people understand that. Who cares if Russ doesn’t have any rings? Like seriously, what difference does it make if a great player has a ring or not? I’m not here to tear any other players down to make Russ look good cause that’s corny.

No one in NBA history has ever won a championship by their self, it’s impossible. There’s so many NBA legends and Hall of Famers that people respect that have zero championships. Does that stop “analysts” from constantly showering them with love? Absolutely not. Does it make them less great than role players that have championships? Absolutely not. So why do we constantly use team achievements as a way to determine whether or not a player deserves “admiration” from us? It’s blatantly disrespectful. Westbrook’s game and resume speaks for itself and he’s without a doubt one of the greatest PGs we’ve ever seen.

Westbrook is in the prime of his career and if he stays healthy, he could very well finish his Hall of Fame career with over 200 Triple Doubles. That’s literally insane and we as NBA fans should hope that happens. It’s unfortunate that time and time again we take for granted the greatness of star players and we come up with asinine reasons for why that player is “unlikable.”

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you hate Russell Westbrook or his game because whether you like it or not, he’s a NBA legend and you gotta respect it.

People lie, numbers don’t.

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Mars Robinson

Mars Robinson

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Freelance NBA writer and host of NBA podcast “No Bias” Twitter: @marsjoint @nobiaspod