Russell Westbrook RUMORS & NEWS

  • Kobe Bryant on race for MVP: “We might see our first co-MVPs this year”

    Pro Basketball Talk "The race between James Harden and Russell Westbrook for the 2017 NBA MVP has narrowed to a two-man race toward the end of the season. The Oklahoma City Thunder star is averaging at triple-double this year, and the Houston Rockets guard is doing things nobody has ever done on a basketball court..." March 27

  • Is Russell Westbrook Padding His Rebounding Stats by Leaving His Defender? Stats Say He is

    The Big Lead "Barring some complete meltdown in the final three weeks of the season, Russell Westbrook will finish the season averaging a triple double. Scoring was never a concern. He’s taking the most shots in the league now that Kevin Durant is gone. His assists are up because he’s got the ball all the time..." March 25

  • Why Russell Westbrook's historic season doesn't need MVP validation

    CBS Sports "What you are about to read is not an argument that Russell Westbrook shouldn’t win MVP. That’s insane. You can argue all you want that other players are more worthy. Kawhi Leonard might be having the best two-way season since Michael Jordan, or at least prime LeBron James. James Harden is..." March 25

  • Kendrick Lamar references Westbrook-Durant feud on new track

    SI "Kendrick Lamar brought the Internet to a standstill on Thursday night with the release of his newest song “The Heart Part 4,” and there were two particular bars that had NBA fans hitting the rewind button. Late in his newest track, which you can hear on Apple Music here, Kendrick likened..." March 24

  • Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry Speak on Scuffle That Broke Out Between Thunder and Warriors

    Complex "The Warriors/Thunder game in Oklahoma City on Monday night wasn’t much of a game at all. Golden State knocked off OKC 111-95 behind 34 points from Klay Thompson and 23 points from Steph Curry to complete a season sweep of Russell Westbrook & Co. And the intensity inside of Chesapeake Energy Arena..." March 21

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey Throws Shade at Russell Westbrook's NBA MVP Candidacy

    Complex "The fight for the 2016-17 NBA MVP is one of the most hotly-contested individual award races in recent memory. A number of players have a reasonable claim on the league's top honor, and it may very well come down to which player finishes the season strongest. Russell Westbrook has as good a case..." March 18

  • Russell Westbrook’s wife fires back at Kevin Durant’s brother

    Larry Brown Sports "The war of words continues between Team Durant and Team Westbrook. A day after Kevin Durant’s older brother Tony sent a couple of tweets that appeared to shade Russell Westbrook for chasing triple-doubles (which you can read here), Westbrook’s wife Nina got in on the fun Friday and clapped back..." March 18

  • Russell Westbrook on Stephen Curry's MVP prediction: 'Who's he?'

    USA Today "Earlier this week, the reigning, back-to-back NBA MVP Stephen Curry picked James Harden over Russell Westbrook to be this season's MVP because, based on the history of the award, you "have to reward the better team, I would think, record wise." The better team Curry was referring to? Harden's..." March 16

  • Russell Westbrook isn’t only reason Thunder haven’t imploded

    New York Post "When Dwight Howard was traded from Orlando after the 2011-12 season, the Magic went from a team with a run of six straight playoff appearances, including the Finals in 2009, to a team that has not sniffed the postseason again. The Cavaliers fell from a 61-win team with LeBron James to a 19-victory..." March 14

  • USA TODAY Sports survey: NBA executives split on 4-person MVP race

    USA Today "Rest easy, NBA media folks. We aren’t the only ones who can’t seem to agree on this MVP race. The front office experts – guys who build rosters, run teams and scout talent for a living – are just as split as those of us who will ultimately decide the winner. One night it’s Russell..." March 14

  • Russell Westbrook passes Wilt Chamberlain for 2nd on single-season triple-doubles list

    CBS Sports "Russell Westbrook passed Wilt Chamberlain for the second-most triple-doubles in one season Saturday, putting up 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in less than 20 minutes for his 32nd triple-double of the season as Oklahoma City raced out to a 20-point lead against the Utah Jazz. Westbrook..." March 12

  • Russell Westbrook Posts Historic 31st Triple-Double

    SLAM Online "This is really for real. Russell Westbrook is almost through a historic regular season. His name now belongs in the same sentences as Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain. Tonight, with his 31st triple-double of the season, the Brodie tied up with Wilt for the second most in a single season...." March 10

  • Mark Cuban doesn't think Westbrook is MVP candidate

    SI "Russell Westbrook has been tearing up the NBA this season, but Mark Cuban remains unimpressed. When asked who he thought deserved to win MVP this year, Cuban left Westbrook's name out of the mix. He said the Thunder star still would need to win 50 games in a season and win a playoff series in..." March 06

  • Mothers of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook ‘sisters for life’

    Larry Brown Sports "The mothers of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook posed for a pretty perfect photo during NBA All-Star Weekend. Much of the talk leading up to this year’s festivities in New Orleans has been about the reuniting of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the Western Conference squad. Westbrook..." February 19

  • Durant declares Westbrook NBA's best in-game dunker

    CSN Bay Area "For the first time since Kevin Durant chose the Golden State Warriors in free agency, he will be back on the same team as Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. Duarnt and Westbrook played together for eight seasons in Oklahoma City from the 2008-09..." February 18

  • Westbrook prefers talking fashion over Durant

    ESPN "Neither Russell Westbrook nor Kevin Durant were interested at Friday's All-Star media availability in talking about their relationship and how a weekend of being teammates again will play out. Westbrook avoided every Durant related question by redirecting his answer to talk about..." February 17

  • James Harden on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook feud: ‘I don’t understand what is going on’

    Sportsnaut "James Harden, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will all be teammates once again when the All-Star Game tips off in New Orleans on Sunday. The three former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates were part of one of the most-talented non-championship teams in recent NBA history from 2010-12. Now, they..." February 17

  • Kerr won't say if he'll play Durant with Westbrook in All-Star Game

    ESPN "Golden State coach Steve Kerr isn't ready to reveal whether he plans to play Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook alongside Kevin Durant and the Warriors' other three All-Stars in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game. "I've definitely considered it," Kerr told ESPN Radio on Thursday. "The only thing..." February 17

  • Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook dined at same restaurant Saturday night

    Sportsnaut "Despite their strained relationship, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant just can’t seem to avoid one another, either on or off the court. Durant and the Golden State Warriors visited Oklahoma City Saturday night for a much publicized game against the Thunder. It was Durant’s first trip back to..." February 12

  • Did the Warriors Diss Russell Westbrook on Twitter Before Matchup With Kevin Durant?

    CBS Sports "Look, Kevin Durant can say he holds no ill will all he wants for Oklahoma City. Bottom line, though, is the Warriors pretty clearly love sticking it to the Thunder, for some reason. Durant makes his return to Oklahoma City for the first time since abandoning them last summer, and the Warriors..." February 11

  • Russell Westbrook on Kevin Durant's return: Time to 'move forward'

    USA Today "Is the ice melting between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant? It sure sounded that way Saturday morning, when the Oklahoma City Thunder star showed none of the edge that was so prevalent in his first two meetings against his former co-star. Just hours before Durant and his Golden State..." February 11

  • Russell Westbrook won’t say if Thunder fans should boo Kevin Durant

    Sportress of Blogitude "Kevin Durant makes his first return to Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday since he left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors during the offseason. But Russell Westbrook refused to say how Thunder fans should treat the onetime favorite son once he steps onto the court in..." February 10

  • Paul Pierce: Westbrook, Cousins only players with 'competitive fire' gene

    USA Today "Add Paul Pierce to the list of NBA players — both current and former — who have been critical of the level of competition in today's NBA in recent weeks. Making an appearance on Mike & Mike on Wednesday morning, the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer said that the league is far from what it used..." February 09

  • Westbrook's pursuit of triple-double history not lost on Robertson, West

    USA Today "Russell Westbrook, with nearly two-thirds of the NBA’s regular-season schedule behind him, is on pace to join Oscar Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double. It’s mid-February, the time of year when basketball topics such as this one should be deep in the rearview mirror of..." February 09

  • Mark Cuban almost seems ready to admit Russell Westbrook is a superstar

    Sportsnaut "To the befuddlement of us all, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has staunchly refused to say Russell Westbrook is an NBA superstar in the past. While he’s still not ready to completely buy into the rather obvious truth that the rest of us have accepted, Cuban is relenting just a bit these..." January 28

  • Enes Kanter: Russell Westbrook did not call Kevin Durant ‘b—h a–‘ after game

    The Oklahoman "Amid the talk of Thunder-Warriors, from Zaza Pachulia standing over Russell Westbrook to Kevin Durant and Westbrook exchanging words, Enes Kanter went unaccounted for. The Thunder big man was at the center of a video which showed Westbrook telling him in postgame "E, don't say 'what's up' to..." January 27

  • Kings Aspired To Create Big 3 With Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay

    Real GM Basketball "Vivek Ranadive previously told one league insider he aspired for the Sacramento Kings to assemble a big three with Russell Westbrook joining DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. Before he tore his left Achilles tendon, Gay remained with the Kings because Ranadive believed deeply he would re-sign..." January 26

  • Warriors' Zaza Pachulia: Foul on Russell Westbrook was 'payback' for elbow

    CBS Sports "Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia said in a radio interview Monday that his hard foul on Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook on Jan. 18 was payback for an elbow thrown at him on the previous possession. On KNBR's Murph & Mac show, Pachulia lamented that "very few fans" and..." January 26

  • Russell Westbrook ties Larry Bird on all-time triple-doubles list in 256 fewer games

    CBS Sports "Russell Westbrook didn't just sink the Utah Jazz with a game-winning jumper on Monday, he also made history yet again. The Oklahoma City Thunder star's 38 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists gave him 22 triple-doubles on the season and 59 for his career. He is now tied for fifth all-time when it..." January 24

  • Baron Davis blames Russian hackers for Russell Westbrook not starting ASG

    Larry Brown Sports "Former All-NBA point guard Baron Davis has an elaborate theory as to why Russell Westbrook isn’t starting in this year’s All-Star Game. In a tweet posted early on Sunday, Davis blamed none other than the Russian hackers for Westbrook’s snub. That UCLA point guard bond clearly runs..." January 23

  • 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

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