NBA Announcer Says Russell Westbrook 'Out of his Cotton Picking Mind'

Alex Abrines Russell Westbrook Carmelo Anthony Paul George

Alex Abrines Russell Westbrook Carmelo Anthony Paul George

Last year, Russell Westbrook earned an MVP for becoming the second player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double over an entire season. "I don't care too much about people and whatever they're saying about his stats and how he gets them". Here are some likely causes of the apparent ennui. Coach K was one of three accomplished college coaches at the game; Rick Pitino was also there, near Donovan - who played guard on Providence's 1987 Final Four team (coached by Pitino), and a two-time NCAA title victor at Florida before going to Oklahoma City.

When he did it last season, he joined Oscar Robertson as the only two to ever average a triple-double over the course of the season. "So I think the triple-doubles are a result of that". But on a more personal note, only 16 rebounds separated Westbrook from another triple-double season. He says he's tried this season to "change the narrative" about what a player in his 15th season is capable of doing. He finishes with season averages of 25.4 points, 10.05 rebounds and 10.3 assists. For nearly the entire season, he was not averaging a triple-double, causing his quest for a repeat to fly under the radar, to a large degree. At halftime, he had just one point, 11 rebounds and 12 assists and attempted two shots. While the Thunder had already secured a spot in the playoffs, they still needed to win to secure a higher seed. But the Jazz boasts the sort of chemistry every team wishes it had, with everyone playing their specific role to perfection and excelling in a system that has been good to whoever buys in.

The Thunder star got that award, of course, as his stacking of triple-doubles on top of huge scoring performances created an irresistible narrative. Harden and the ageless wonder LeBron James overshadowed Westbrook in the MVP race.

There's never been more points in an National Basketball Association regular season than this one.

Westbrook takes a lot of heat for "stat padding" for whatever that means, but regardless this accomplishment is nothing to overlook.

So far this season, Westbrook has reached 16 or more rebounds six times, with Monday's 18 being a season-high.

When LeBron James took the floor for Cleveland against NY on Wednesday night, it represented a first for the four-time MVP - this is the first of his 15 seasons in which he's played in every regular-season game.

Intentionally or not, Anthony gave fodder to his teammate's naysayers by claiming that Westbrook "steals rebounds sometimes". "And like I've said many, many times, I don't take this game for granted. They should feel good about creating an opportunity to play after the regular season's over, but the thing I said to them after the game was we want to continue to play well, we want to continue to build, we want to continue to get better". That's what it is.

Russell Westbrook gets what he wants.

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