Russell Westbrook RUMORS & NEWS

  • NBA to review Zaza Pachulia-Russell Westbrook incident, report says

    Sporting News "The NBA plans to look into Wednesday night's ‎hard foul by the Warriors' Zaza Pachulia on Thunder guard Russell Westbrook as well as Westbrook's postgame vow to "get his ass back," ESPN reported Thursday, citing unidentified league sources. As a matter of routine, the NBA reviews all flagrant..." January 19

  • Are Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant on speaking terms after apparent conversation? Westbrook: ‘Nah’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Westbrook deleted Kevin Durant‘s goodbye text and, months later, told the whole world they still hadn’t talked. That apparently changed during the Warriors’ win over the Thunder yesterday – though not if you ask Westbrook. Westbrook dunked in the third quarter, and according to ESPN..." January 19

  • Kevin Durant: Outside world making Thunder rivalry bigger than it is

    Larry Brown Sports "Kevin Durant has always downplayed the bad feelings between himself and the Oklahoma City Thunder, and in his mind, outside observers continue to make much more of it than is really happening. Durant told Michael Lee of the Vertical that his rivalry with Russell Westbrook isn’t nearly as big a..." January 19

  • Thunder's Russell Westbrook says he'll get Warriors' Zaza Pachulia back

    CBS Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook isn't pleased with Zaza Pachulia. After the Golden State Warriors' 121-100 victory against the Thunder on Wednesday, in which the center gave Westbrook a flagrant foul and then stood over him, Westbrook told reporters that he'll get revenge..." January 19

  • Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are reportedly still not on speaking terms

    CBS Sports "The adage "time heals all wounds," does not apply to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. At least not yet. Since Durant decided to sign with the Warriors in the offseason, the two sides have not been on speaking terms. This is likely because of how the partnership on the court ended. Durant..." January 18

  • Russell Westbrook Asked Kevin Durant What He Could Do To Keep Him In OKC

    Dime Magazine "You can’t change the past, and in many cases, you don’t have much control over the future, either. It’s becoming increasingly-clear that there was little Russell Westbrook, or anybody else for that matter, could’ve done to convince Kevin Durant to stay in Oklahoma City last summer. His mind was..." January 10

  • Russell Westbrook apologizes to official for throwing ball at him

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook said following the Oklahoma City Thunder's 123-112 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday that hitting referee Tre Maddox with the basketball was unintentional and that he would "never, ever disrespect the game like that." With 3:13 left in the first quarter, Westbrook..." January 05

  • David Fizdale shares great pre-draft story about Russell Westbrook, Michael Beasley

    Larry Brown Sports "Had NBA scouts known eight years ago what they know now about Russell Westbrook, it’s possible the Oklahoma City Thunder star would have been the top overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. And if the story Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale told this week is true, teams should have seen it..." December 30

  • Russell Westbrook blasts refs after ejection, says he's treated differently than other players

    Sporting News "Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook didn't get to finish his team's 114-80 loss to the Grizzlies on Thursday after picking up two technical fouls in succession in the third quarter and earning an ejection. Westbrook said after the game he is fed up with what he sees as harsh treatment by..." December 30

  • Did Russell Westbrook troll Kevin Durant again? He adamantly says no

    CBS Sports "He may not want to talk about Kevin Durant anymore, but Russell Westbrook seems to enjoy throwing subtle shade at his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate. However, those days may be behind him now. While wrapping up his pregame warm-up before playing against the Minnesota Timberwolves on..." December 26

  • Russell Westbrook could sign $219 million extension

    Larry Brown Sports "The NBA’s new CBA has clauses that will allow Russell Westbrook and James Harden to take advantage of the terms of the new deal, according to a report. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that Westbrook and Harden’s contract extensions will be grandfathered into the new deal..." December 21

  • Russell Westbrook explains his incredible ‘Shammgod’ play

    Larry Brown Sports "Russell Westbrook left fans spellbound with a beautiful move in the fourth quarter of the Thunder’s win over the Suns on Saturday. Westbrook was being guarded by Devin Booker when he got a screen and dribbled to the free throw line. Then he completely stunned Tyler Ulis with an amazing..." December 18

  • New CBA rule could help Thunder sign Russell Westbrook long-term

    The Oklahoman "On Wednesday, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association tentatively agreed on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement for seven years. The two sides have reportedly extended its date to opt out of the current CBA from Thursday to Jan. 13, but a new deal is expected to get signed,..." December 15

  • Russell Westbrook: Triple-double talk 'getting on my nerves'

    ABC7 "Russell Westbrook, theOklahoma City Thunder's historically prolific point guard, is sick and tired of hearing and talking about triple-doubles. Westbrook failed to notch a triple-double for the third consecutive game in the Thunder's 109-89 loss Wednesday to the Utah Jazz, which qualifies as..." December 15

  • Mark Cuban: Russell Westbrook still not a superstar

    Pro Basketball Talk "Remember when Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Russell Westbrook wasn’t a superstar? That led to this fun moment, where Kevin Durant vigorously defended his then-teammate. (Ah, simpler times.) It also led to this stubborn take from Cuban now. Tim MacMahon of ESPN: Cuban said in April,..." December 12

  • Mark Cuban says Russell Westbrook still not a superstar

    Sports Day "Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made a stir during Dallas' playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder last spring by saying that point guard Russell Westbrook is not a superstar. Westbrook has been on a tear this season, averaging a triple-double with 31.0 points, 11.3 assists and 10.9 rebounds..." December 10

  • Westbrook ties Jordan with 7th straight triple-double

    CBS Sports "The Triple-Double Machine otherwise known as Russell Westbrook keeps chugging along. Recording his seventh straight triple-double in Oklahoma City Thunder's 102-99 loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday, Westbrook became the first player to accomplish this feat since Michael Jordan did it..." December 10

  • Can Russell Westbrook average a triple double? He has a believer in LeBron James

    CBS Sports "Russell Westbrook has everybody's attention. The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard is averaging a triple-double for the first time since Oscar Robertson did it and has registered a triple-double in each of his last six games, a streak that only Robertson, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain have..." December 08

  • Russell Westbrook records 5th straight triple-double, longest streak of career

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook notched his fifth consecutive triple-double -- the longest streak of his career and the NBA's longest since Michael Jordan's seven straight in 1989 -- in the Thunder's 101-92 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. "I just play, honestly," Westbrook said. "I don't want to..." December 05

  • Russell Westbrook on rebound 'technique': 'I just be chilling there, act like I’m not doing nothing'

    USA Today "Russell Westbrook finished the Thunder’s overtime win against the Wizards on Wednesday with 35 points, 11 assists and 14 rebounds. Here are some amazing facts about this triple-double: It was his fourth straight, his ninth of the season and his 46th of his career (to pass up LeBron James on the..." December 01

  • Russell Westbrook averaging triple-double; latest in season since Oscar Robertson

    ESPN "With 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists against the New York Knicks in a 112-103 win Monday, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is now averaging a triple-double and doing so later in the season than any player has since Oscar Robertson in 1963-64. Westbrook is averaging 30.9..." November 29

  • Carmelo surprised Westbrook signed extension with Thunder

    New York Daily News "It was only four months ago when Russell Westbrook was the biggest free agent of the 2017 class. The Knicks, as usual with the top names (without much success), were rumored as a potential destination. But all that dissolved when Westbrook took the unusual step of signing a long-term extension..." November 27

  • LeBron James congratulates Russell Westbrook for tying his triple-double mark

    CBS Sports "Russell Westbrook had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 106-88 win over the Detroit Pistons, his league-best seventh triple-double of the season. Stat lines like this are now more or less ordinary for Westbrook -- in 18 games this year, he's averaging 31.2..." November 27

  • Russell Westbrook tied LeBron James for triple-doubles -- in 395 fewer games

    Fox Sports "Russell Westbrook and LeBron James have the same number of career triple-doubles, but if you were to illustrate their proximity, you might picture Russ rushing to the hoop and LeBron backpedaling like crazy, about to fall out of the picture. Westbrook racked up his 44th career triple-double and..." November 27

  • Russell Westbrook made NBA history with another epic triple-double

    Fox Sports "While you were busy watching college football or still recovering from Thursday's day of gluttony on Friday night, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was racking up another epic triple-double on his way to NBA history. Westbrook went off for 36 points, 12 rebounds and 18..." November 26

  • Michael Jordan says he sees a lot of himself in Russell Westbrook

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody is playing harder, nobody brings a more fierce game to the arena every night than angry Russell Westbrook. In the wake of Kevin Durant‘s exit, stage left, Westbrook has been unleashed — 31.8 points, 9.8 assists, and 9.5 rebounds a game. He’s playing at an MVP level, carrying the Thunder to..." November 19

  • With Durant gone, Thunder remodel around Westbrook and young core

    ESPN "When Steven Adams got the text from a friend alerting him to the news of Kevin Durant signing in Golden State, Adams thought of his favorite Thunder credo: "We don't flinch." It predates Adams, but senior teammates resurrected it in Adams' honor during the 2016 playoffs, when he barely reacted to..." November 17

  • James Harden: Thunder Now A One-Man Show

    Real GM Basketball "James Harden was asked about the state of the Oklahoma City Thunder this season following the departure of Kevin Durant, which came roughly a week after their trade of Serge Ibaka and almost four years after his own trade from the franchise. Without Durant to share shots with, Westbrook's usage..." November 16

  • Russ regrets gambling for go-ahead 3: 'I should've probably drove it'

    ESPN "When Domantas Sabonis inbounded the ball to Russell Westbrook with 11.5 seconds remaining and the Oklahoma City Thunder down two Friday night, there wasn't much wondering about what would happen next. It was just a question of what the result would be. Westbrook was always going to take a 3..." November 12

  • Decoding Russell Westbrook

    The Ringer "Russell Westbrook doesn’t do a lot of talking about his work. This makes him an outlier among elite athletes. When asked to expound on the details of a game, Westbrook generally responds in a minimal monotone. The YouTube subgenre “Westbrook owns reporter” is a result of Russ being asked about..." November 08

  • Hasheem Thabeet Blames 'Outsiders' for Divide Between Durant and Westbrook

    The Undefeated "To no surprise, the leg room at his Oracle Arena seat was too tight to fit his 7-foot-3 frame for the showdown between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. So former Oklahoma City Thunder giant of a center Hasheem Thabeet watched the highly anticipated matchup from a lounge area inside the arena..." November 05

  • Russell Westbrook started a rivalry with Kevin Durant and the Warriors he can't win

    Fox Sports "Russell Westbrook made a statement before Thursday’s Thunder-Warriors game at Oracle Arena — a loud one. His highlighter orange official photographer vest was visible from miles away and was just the latest in the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard’s series of passive-aggressive shots at former..." November 04

  • Tracy McGrady Says Durant Would Crush Westbrook In 1-On-1 ... 'Not Even Fair!'

    TMZ "Strip away the superteam. Kevin Durant would still DOMINATE Russell Westbrook if they took it to the park ... that's according to Tracy McGrady. In the wake of Thursday night's Warrior-led ass-kicking, McGrady told TMZ Sports it would be even worse if the two ex-teammates went mano-a-mano. " November 04

  • Kevin Durant on Not Giving a Sh*t About Westbrook’s Photographer Attire

    Black Sports Online "Westbrook proclaims his innocence in all this, but he knew exactly what he was doing. The Warriors beat the Thunder during Super Bowl week last year, KD stayed in town to hang out with them and did some photography work during the game. Westbrook is petty in subtle ways, so this was definitely..." November 04

  • Russell Westbrook apologized to Thunder for influencing Kevin Durant into being edgier

    The Oklahoman "A quiet night in Memphis turned competitive, as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook watched Monday Night Football. Flanked by Thunder staff and players last Dec. 8, the NBA's pre-eminent duo joked and traded barbs over ribs in the bar area of Blues City Café. The two stars' favorite teams were..." November 04

  • Shaq: I understand where Russell Westbrook is coming from

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Russell Westbrook vs. Kevin Durant matchup is all anyone is talking about as the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors get set to square off on Thursday night. There’s a heavy mood in the air, with the spurned Westbrook looking to take it to the decamped Durant. Meanwhile, the..." November 04

  • Draymond Green: Warriors want to beat Thunder ‘really bad’ for Kevin Durant

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Westbrook has repeatedly said he’s no more motivated to play the Warriors than he is for any other game. With the Thunder facing Golden State tonight for the first time since Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City, Draymond Green is taking a different approach. Green, via Monte Poole of CSN..." November 03

  • Kevin Durant Doesn't Shake Hands Before Games, Won't Break Tradition For Westbrook

    Real GM Basketball "Even though Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Golden State Warriors, he remains a fan of Russell Westbrook. Durant was recently seen watching Westbrook play in the Warriors' locker room after a road win at the Pelicans. "The thing is, I'm not a hater," Durant told..." November 03

  • Russell Westbrook downplays Warriors matchup: 'I play every game the same'

    ESPN "The Oklahoma City Thunder are the last unbeaten team in the Western Conference after taking down the Clippers 85-83 on Wednesday to improve to 4-0. Awaiting the Thunder next: a trip to Oracle Arena in Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. The upcoming matchup carries..." November 03

  • Kevin Durant Admits He Did Russell Westbrook Wrong

    12 Up "When Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, all he did was send a text message to Russell Westbrook. Was it the right thing to do? During an interview, Durant said it might not have been the right way to go about the situation. Kevin Durant said that he..." November 03

  • Kevin Durant unfiltered on the state of his relationship with Russell Westbrook

    San Jose Mercury News "On NBA Draft night 2008, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook met as teenagers, just months before both turned 20. Together, for the next eight years, they built a relocated franchise from the ground up, nearing but narrowly missing the sport’s pinnacle season after season. They were teammates..." November 01

  • Victor Oladipo full of praise for Russell Westbrook after ridiculous performance

    Larry Brown Sports "The brand new Oklahoma City Thunder appear to be getting along well. Victor Oladipo had a great view of Russell Westbrook’s 51-point triple-double on Friday night in a win over the Phoenix Suns. Now that Westbrook is the undisputed leader of the team, players like Oladipo are playing off of..." October 29

  • Triple threat: Could Russell Westbrook reach rare triple-double average?

    The Oklahoman "If anybody's qualified to douse triple-double hot takes with cold water, it's Oscar Robertson. It's been 55 years since the Hall of Famer averaged a triple-double for a full season – 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, 11.4 assists – and nobody in the NBA has averaged double figures in all three..." October 27

  • Sixers fan ejected for giving Russell Westbrook the bird

    ESPN "A 76ers fan wearing an Allen Iverson jersey was escorted out of Wells Fargo Center midway through the first quarter after flashing double middle fingers at Thunder star Russell Westbrook following an and-1 during Wednesday's season opener for both teams. "Uh yeah, I know, that's crazy, right?"..." October 27

  • Russell Westbrook: Didn't watch Kevin Durant's Warriors debut

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook said after shootaround on Wednesday that he didn't watch Kevin Durant's debut with the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. "Nah," he said when asked whether he had watched any basketball. When asked whether he'd seen any scores from Tuesday, he said the same..." October 26

  • Russell Westbrook Isn’t Ready To Leave Oklahoma City Any Time Soon If The Past Is Any Indication

    Uproxx "When Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, all eyes turned to Russell Westbrook. His team just got measurably worse, and with a year before his own free agency, many wondered if he was going to follow Durant’s lead and join a team more ready to contend for a..." October 20

  • Russell Westbrook Asked Durant How He Could Change During Meeting

    Real GM Basketball "Russell Westbrook and Nick Collison met with Kevin Durant in West Hollywood shortly before the start of free agency. Westbrook asked Durant what he could do and how he could change. Durant was set to meet with several teams during the first few days of July. “He went above and beyond,”..." October 19

  • Russell Westbrook: 'I was never going to leave' Oklahoma City

    Fox Sports "After the milquetoast essay and the token text, Russell Westbrook played dominoes. He had started the game early that July 4 morning, as friends and family filled his sunny backyard for a housewarming party, and he did not stop when his phone throbbed with the news he dreaded. A union that spanned..." October 19

  • Russell Westbrook Really Is The Preseason Favorite To Win NBA MVP

    Uproxx "When Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors this summer in free agency, it threw a wrench into the whole MVP debate. It was already going to be difficult for Steph Curry to win it three years in a row, and divvying up his shots with Durant would make it nearly impossible. But there’s..." October 18

  • Russell Westbrook and Marc Gasol get into heated exchange

    Pro Basketball Talk "Plenty has been done to poke the bear that is Russell Westbrook over the past few months. People won’t stop asking him about Kevin Durant, mostly. And now, it appears Marc Gasol must pay!" October 14