Russell Westbrook RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • Russell Westbrook Done Responding To Durant's Comments

    Real GM Basketball "Russell Westbrook was asked about comments made by Kevin Durant in which he said he feels "really grateful to play for a team like that and play with a bunch of players who are selfless and enjoy the game in its purest form." "That's cute man," said Westbrook. "My job is to worry about what's..." October 13

  • Russell Westbrook: European offenses are “10 times better” than NBA offenses

    Pro Basketball Talk "If you put an average NBA offense — last season’s Detroit Pistons, for example — up against an elite European team’s offense, the Pistons would come out on top. But the reason is talent not system (with all due respect to Stan Van Gundy). Those European teams don’t have anyone like Andre..." October 09

  • Russell Westbrook, Thunder limitations will be tested without Kevin Durant

    SI "If obstruction breeds creativity, then Russell Westbrook's upcoming season promises to be one of the most inventive individual performances the NBA has ever seen. Oklahoma City's reworked roster is marked by its limitations—namely, the loss of one of the NBA's most versatile forwards and committed..." October 07

  • Michael Jordan to present Russell Westbrook into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame

    The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Thursday, Nov. 17 in Oklahoma City. And for about a year, we've all wondered who would present the Thunder star point guard. Former Thunder co-star Kevin Durant was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame last year and..." October 06

  • Perkins: Westbrook, Durant ‘never really valued each other’

    The Oklahoman "“With them not talking right now, that bothers me,” said Perkins, who played in Oklahoma City from 2011-15. “Because I know both of them, they care for each other and love each other, despite the decision that KD made. With me reading an article saying that they haven’t talked to each other, that..." October 01

  • Russell Westbrook says he will not kneel for national anthem “as of right now”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Without question, some kneeling/raised fist protests of the National Anthem are coming to the NBA once preseason games start in a couple of weeks. Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers has already come out saying “there’s no more American thing to do than to protest.” Teams are discussing the need for social..." September 25

  • Victor Oladipo says Russell Westbrook sings him to sleep

    Yardbarker "Victor Oladipo and Russell Westbrook appear to have a beautiful budding bromance. According to Oladipo, his new Thunder backcourt mate has an interesting way of putting him to sleep." September 25

  • Russell Westbrook Speaks on Police Shootings: “Something Has to Change”

    Complex "The recent police shootings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and Keith Scott in Charlotte have troubled Russell Westbrook. Westbrook, who grew up in inner city Los Angeles, spoke on the violence Friday at Oklahoma City Thunder media day. “Me growing up in the inner city and being able to see..." September 24

  • Westbrook says he still hasn't spoken to Durant

    Fox Sports "The biggest story of the NBA offseason was Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder in free agency to sign with a Warriors team that blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. The decision came as a shock to many, including Durant's OKC teammates. Russell Westbrook had been a teammate of Durant's for all eight..." September 23

  • Kevin Durant Says His Relationship with Russell Westbrook Is Competitive Only on the Court

    The Ringer "On the latest Any Given Wednesday, Bill Simmons brought on former MVP Kevin Durant and Grammy-nominated rapper Nas to talk basketball, hip-hop, and “beefs.” Durant talked about how he was hurt by his portrayal as “weak” in the media after he left Oklahoma City for Golden State this..." September 22

  • The Laughable Origins Of That Dumb Rumor About Russell Westbrook Getting Traded To The Knicks

    Uproxx "If you’re a big hoops fans and follow the NBA even during the depths of its offseason doldrums, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve seen a rumor suggesting that the New York Knicks may be trading Derrick Rose and budding superstar Kristaps Porzingis to Oklahoma City for Russell..." September 20

  • Kevin Durant says he and Russell Westbrook are 'cool'

    Larry Brown Sports "Kevin Durant says he and Russell Westbrook are "cool” even though KD left his longtime former teammate when he decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors in July. Durant was in Austin for a Nike event at the University of Texas on Friday and answered questions from the audience. One was..." September 10

  • KD vs.Westbrook provides NBA with a rivalry

    Orlando Sentinel "Everyone says it: Rivalries in the NBA are dead, ghosts of the past. Rising from the grave, though, might be at least a good old-fashioned feud: Golden State vs. Oklahoma City. In this corner, Kevin Durant. In the other, Russell Westbrook. They were teammates and friends in OKC until..." September 03

  • Does Jordan's Russell Westbrook ad throw shade on Kevin Durant?

    Yardbarker "If you ask Oklahoma City Thunder fans, Kevin Durant ran from a challenge when he jumped ship and signed with the Golden State Warriors this summer. A new Jordan ad featuring Russell Westbrook appears to capitalize on that sentiment." August 27

  • Donovan: I think Westbrook and Durant had a good relationship

    The Oklahoman "On Friday, The Vertical posted a podcast with Thunder coach Billy Donovan in which he discussed a range of OKC-related topics, from the Russell Westbrook-Kevin Durant relationship to Serge Ibaka wanting an expanded role offensively. After Durant left for Golden State, reports surfaced from a..." August 27

  • Thunder Fans Are Petitioning to Change Name of Durant, Okla., to ‘Westbrook’

    Complex "Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City devastated when he announced in July he would join the Golden State Warriors, leaving behind the franchise for which he had played for his first nine years in the NBA. Durant meant a lot to his city; Oklahoma would have even given him a governmental post if he’d..." August 25

  • Report: Thunder almost definitely won’t trade Russell Westbrook this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Westbrook negotiated himself a raise of more than $8 million and chalked it up to loyalty. Is the feeling mutual? The Thunder can trade Westbrook six months after he signed his contract extension, which make him eligible to be dealt Feb. 4. The trade deadline will be a few weeks..." August 24

  • Russell Westbrook Is The Odds-On Favorite For NBA MVP Next Season

    Uproxx "If there’s one thing everyone can agree on about the fallout from Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, it’s that Russell Westbrook is about to have a monster season. The primal rage that seems to fuel his game will be stoked by KD’s supposed..." August 17

  • Michael Jordan on Russell Westbrook: 'Thirty years ago, that's me'

    The Oklahoman "Lost in the excitement surrounding Russell Westbrook's contract renegotiation with the Thunder was a comparison to one of the NBA's all-time great players. The comparison was made by the all-time great himself: Michael Jordan. A day after Westbrook's new deal was announced, Russ Bengston..." August 10