According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul; first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, pick swaps in 2021 and 2025.
With the move, Westbrook reunites with his former teammate James Harden. Should be interesting to see how the combination of Harden and Westbrook will be in Houston, but for now, with the trade of Paul George and Westbrook, OKC is rebuilding having acquired eight first-round picks since draft night, and Houston is trying to get an NBA title.
Russell Westbrook tried to do everything in his power to get the Thunder to Game 7. Despite scoring 46 points, Westbrook, and the Thunder would lose 96-91 to Utah in Game 6 on Friday night.
With the loss, OKC season ends in disappointment, while the Jazz move on to face the Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals.
After the game, Westbrook got into a confrontation with a fan
Watch and here Westbrook’s reaction to the fans in Utah:
Does Westbrook have a point? Maybe. Just because you buy a ticket, does not mean you have the right to be disrespectful. Considering his frustration level after being eliminated from the playoff, you can understand Westbrook’s reaction. However, Westbrook has to try to stay calm in those situations because he’s the one that will look bad.
Former NBA player Stephen Jackson was a tough guy during his NBA career. If Jackson had an issue with you, he would find a way to solve it.
According to Jackson, if he were a teammate of Russell Westbrook, he would have slapped Zaza Pachulia for falling on Russell Westbrook’s legs on Saturday night.
Westbrook thought Pachulia purposely fell on his leg, but Pachulia denies it.
If you missed, here you go:
Jackson agrees with Westbrook, and gave his thoughts today on FS1’s Undisputed:
Warriors C Zaza Pachulia has been accused of being dirty by many in the NBA. He was called dirty for sliding underneath the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard in the Western Conference Finals last season, which caused Leonard to miss the whole series.
Last night, he was called dirty again. This time by OKC’s Russell Westbrook.
You be the judge:
Here is what Westbrook had to say after OKC’s 112-80 loss to the Warriors on Saturday night:
Pachulia called Westbrook’s allegations “childish.” I think I am going to side with Westbrook on this one.
The 25th annual ESPYS Awards is being hosted by former NFL QB Peyton Manning. As the host, Manning is full of jokes, including one directed at 2017 NBA Finals’ MVP Kevin Durant.
Watch Durant and Russell Westbrook’s reaction:
(TULSA, OK) July 9, 2017 — BIG3 kicked off Week 3 at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Sunday.
MVP Russell Westbrook was there to check out the action.
Sitting courtside, BIG3 co-founder and music legend Ice Cube added enthusiasm to the arena throughout the day, most notably during halftime of Game 4 when the crowd enticed him into an incredible performance of It Was A Good Day.
Check out the highlights from Sunday:
GAME 1: 3 Headed Monsters (50) vs. Power (32)
GAME 2: Killer 3s (51) vs. Tri-State (44)
GAME 3: Ghost Ballers (50) vs. Ball Hogs (45)
GAME 4: Trilogy (50) vs. 3’s Company (42)
Highlights courtesy of FS1
The NBA announced the three finalists for MVP today. Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, and James Harden were the top three vote getters for MVP. One name that was missing is LeBron James. Based off what we seen during these playoffs, King James might be the real MVP. However, the MVP award is based on the regular season, so it’s kind of hard to argue with the three finalists.
LeBron addressed the snub after the Cavs 130-86 victory over the Celtics in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals:
Russell Westbrook messed around and had a triple-double in the fist half. Unfortunately, it was not enough as the Thunder lose game four to the Rockets 113-109. The Rockets lead the series 3-1. Westbrook finished the game with 35 pts, 14 rebs, and 14 asts.
The Thunder have struggled when Westbrook goes to the bench. Westbrook defended his teammates at the post-game press conference:
Russell Westbrook has down the impossible. Westbrook recorded triple-double number 42, and hit a game-winning three at the buzzer, as OKC beat the Nuggets 106-105 in Denver.
Westbrook would hit a three-point shot from 36 feet away to win the game.
Westbrook breaks Oscar Robertson’s record of 41 triple-doubles set in the 1961-62 season. He finished the game with 50 pts, 16 rebs, and 10 asts.
Russell Westbrook has done it! He will average a triple-double in the 2016-17 NBA season. Westbrook needed six assists for the rest of the season to average a triple-double for the year; he recorded eight assists in a losing effort against the Suns 120-99.
The last and only other player to do it was Oscar Robertson; who averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists in the 1961-62 season.
Westbrook is still stuck on 41 triple doubles. He finished the night with 23 pts, 12 rebs, and 8 asts.
For the season, Westbrook averages 31.8 ppg, 10.7 rpg, and 10.4 apg.
Westbrook has an opportunity Sunday night against the Nuggets.
‘MVP, MVP, MVP’