SH Blog: Westbrook Rants, Billy Hunter Out; More Bad News In Boston

Sefolosha made the right play. While Westbrook was intent on scoring, Thabo was wide-open in the lane. A quick flick of the wrist would have set him up for an easy score and an assist for Westbrook. Just try it again on the next possession.

But it’s never that easy with Westbrook. His attitude towards the game is monstrously complicated. This is the same guy that blocked the Denver Nuggets mascot’s half-court shot attempt during a timeout a few weeks ago.


Yes. That actually happened.

While it sparked the Thunder to a 9-0 run, including a 3-pointer from Westbrook to tie the game, it’s unlikely that such an inane move will work again, let alone in the playoffs.

The great basketball players, the great teams, all have that burning desire to win, but sometimes they don’t fully understand what that means. And every time the Thunder seem to take that big step forward, Westbrook’s overwrought, idiosyncratic behavior pulls them two steps back.

In other words, Bad Westbrook. 

His talent is unmistakable, but his continuous need to showcase it – or prove that he is Durant’s equal – comes at the expense of the team. An instant star, midway through his fifth year in the league, Westbrook has yet to figure out how to trust his teammates instead of trusting only his talent.

It’s a delicate balance, but one that will be required of Westbrook to discover if the Thunder have any real hope to dethrone the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. After all, neither team seems to be more or less talented than a year ago, when the Heat beat the Thunder 4-1 in a series that was more narrow than the 4-1 result would indicate.

The deciding factor last year?

More Bad Westbrook than Good Westbrook.


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