Russell Westbrook RUMORS & NEWS

  • Kevin Durant Sends Another Veiled Criticism in Russell Westbrook's Direction About Having Fun

    The Big Lead "Kevin Durant played alongside Russell Westbrook from 2008 to 2016. On the court they had great success, but their approaches to life were obviously very different. Westbrook turned out to be a crazy stat-hungry monster and Durant really just wanted to make friends and have fun. Here’s Durant’s..." May 22

  • James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook vie for MVP

    ESPN "The NBA Most Valuable Player award will come down to Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard. LeBron James -- will not be in the mix. James was left out of the running Friday night when the NBA announced three finalists for each of its six major awards. It's the first time since..." May 20

  • Russell Westbrook's two-day old son already has a scholarship offer

    USA Today High School Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder star and presumptive NBA MVP Russell Westbrook just became a new father, welcoming son Noah Russell Westbrook with his wife on Monday. By Tuesday evening, Noah Westbrook had his first college basketball scholarship offer. To be fair, Stony Brook coach Jeff Boals was..." May 18

  • Russell Westbrook's Baby Born, Gets Baller Name

    TMZ "Russell Westbrook had a pretty exciting Tuesday -- his wife, Nina, gave birth to their son!!! The NBA star also revealed his kid's name -- Noah Russell Westbrook. Interesting choice considering Russell is technically Russell Westbrook III -- and while he chose not to make his son Russell..." May 16

  • Russell Westbrook is going to stay in OKC, and he could come to regret it

    Fox Sports "Russell Westbrook isn’t going anywhere — we didn’t need a luggage commercial to know it. The Thunder are poised to extend Westbrook with a five-year contract extension worth more than $200 million this summer — a deal that makes perfect sense no matter how you look at it. “I think everybody..." May 09

  • Kendrick Perkins Would Not Be Surprised if Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Reunited in OKC

    The Big Lead "The Warriors just swept the Jazz out of the playoffs to run their postseason record to 8-0 with an averaging scoring margin of 127* points per game. With LeBron and the Cavs also having swept their semifinal matchup, it’s going to be slim pickings to find NBA topics this week. SO THANK YOU,..." May 09

  • Kendrick Perkins Claims Russell Westbrook And Kevin Durant Are Back On Speaking Terms

    Dime Magazine "Monday night appears to be for discussing some of basketball’s most notorious beefs on Area 21. Kevin Garnett’s show on TNT was the site of a reunion for a number of members of the late-00s Boston Celtics. The group – consisting of Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, and Glen..." May 09

  • Russell Westbrook, just like us, lies to restaurants to get free dessert

    CBS Sports "When Russell Westbrook wants a free dessert, Russell Westbrook gets a free dessert -- even if it means telling a lie. Westbrook appeared on a video posted to his wife Nina's Snapchat story, where he explained how to get a free dessert from a restaurant: "This is what happens when you come to..." May 03

  • Thunder GM 'hopeful' to sign Westbrook to new long-term extension

    ESPN "With another summer of uncertainty on the horizon, Thunder general manager Sam Presti is "hopeful" the franchise can sign point guard Russell Westbrook to a new long-term extension. "The rules are that you can't have that conversation until July 1, and you know, when that time comes, we'll sit..." May 02

  • Kevin Durant Trolls Russell Westbrook, Takes Picture with Cupcakes

    SLAM Online "On the same day that Kevin Durant announced he was leaving the Thunder to sign with the Warriors, Russell Westbrook posted a picture on his Instagram. The picture of cupcakes was reportedly Russell taking a shot at Durant. According to former teammate Kendrick Perkins, Westbrook used a specific..." April 28

  • Russell Westbrook Annihilated the Record Books, Hopefully You Appreciated It

    Complex "Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s season has come to an end, but I repeat myself. Their Game 5 105-99 loss to the Houston Rockets—a game that saw Westbrook post 47 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists in 42 minutes—brought to a close one of the most spectacular individual seasons..." April 27

  • Westbrook hasn't thought about extension, wants to stay in OKC

    12 Up "Even though the Oklahoma City Thunder have been eliminated from the 2017 NBA playoffs, they should still be excited for next year. The Thunder will look to make another run into the postseason next year, and they will have Russell Westbrook there to start a new triple-double streak...." April 26

  • Thunder’s first offseason move? Offer Westbrook $220 million contract

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook has been eliminated from the playoffs seven times, and the scene each time has been mostly the same. As the clock edges closer to zero, Westbrook flings himself all over the court, running his tank so far past empty that the gauge combusts, and he isn't much more than a puddle..." April 26

  • NHL player calls out Russell Westbrook for dodging handshake line

    Sportsnet "The Houston Rockets’ tumultuous series win over the Oklahoma City Thunder served up a bevy of highlight-reel moments, but it seems the theatrics also cost Russell Westbrook a high-profile fan. Houston finished off the Thunder with a fiery 105-99 win on Tuesday, punctuated by some fireworks from..." April 26

  • Did Russell Westbrook really block a teammates shot to get ball back during Game 5?

    Pro Basketball Talk "Well, this video plays right into the hands of the anti-Westbrook crowd. The knock on Russell Westbrook‘s season-long triple double and MVP candidacy is that he is chasing stats, padding his numbers at the expense of efficiency and making the Thunder a better team. Basically, he’s looking out..." April 26

  • Westbrook: Rockets 'who don't play' were the ones laughing at Roberson

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Rockets bench made a big production when an intentionally fouled Andre Roberson kept missing free throws in the Thunder’s Game 4 loss to the Rockets yesterday. Russell Westbrook stuck up for his teammate. Westbrook: I didn’t see it. I didn’t see it at all. Probably the guys that..." April 24

  • Russell Westbrook defends Thunder teammates: 'Don't try to split us up'

    ESPN "Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday's 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of the first round of the NBA playoffs. A recurring theme throughout the series has been Oklahoma City's tendency to lose leads when Westbrook sits in the second..." April 24

  • Jerry West compares Russell Westbrook to Michael Jordan

    Sportsnaut "The NBA’s logo, Hall of Famer, and former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jerry West sang Russell Westbrook’s praises Friday on ESPN. “We’re looking at a reincarnation of Michael Jordan who might be a little better in terms of athletic ability,” said West, now a consultant for the Golden State..." April 22

  • Westbrook fined $15K for swearing during media address

    Fox Sports "Russell Westbrook has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for using inappropriate language during his press conference after the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Wednesday Game 2 loss to the Houston Rockets. Westbrook was clearly upset about the Thunder falling behind 2-0 to the Rockets despite posting a..." April 21

  • Thunder's Donovan has 'enormous' trust in Westbrook

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook has been able to do just about anything he wants this season. He averaged a triple-double, broke Oscar Robertson's single-season record for triple-doubles and carried the Thunder to the playoffs despite the loss of Kevin Durant in free agency. Thus far in the playoffs,..." April 21

  • How Russell Westbrook sabotaged the Thunder

    New York Post "Somewhere, Kevin Durant is laughing. And laughing. And probably laughing some more. Russell Westbrook turned in the first 50-point triple-double in NBA playoff history on Tuesday. Along the way, he cost his Oklahoma City Thunder any shot of knocking off the Houston Rockets. For the first 24..." April 20

  • Hakeem Olajuwon: Russell Westbrook ‘trying to do too much’

    Sportsnaut "Russell Westbrook set another NBA triple-double record Wednesday night. But NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon offered a bit of criticism after the Oklahoma City Thunder star’s exploits failed to spark a victory over the Houston Rockets. “With his poise and control, his game is on a whole different..." April 20

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey implies Russell Westbrook tells his teammates to let him grab rebounds

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nylon Calculus posted its annual Anti-Awards, a fun feature that gives statistical dishonors like “The Matt Bullard Award” for “the player 6-foot-10 or taller with the lowest total rebound percentage. (Minimum 500 minutes).” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted at Bullard, who played for..." April 19

  • Russell Westbrook: Friendship with James Harden on hold during game

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook and James Harden are close. Their relationship goes back way before their Oklahoma City days, when they were teammates from 2009 to '12. But their friendship takes a back seat when they step on the court this week. At least in Westbrook's eyes. "When I get on the floor, I..." April 17

  • Thunder will likely play Russell Westbrook more minutes in playoffs

    ESPN "The Thunder were disciplined in managing Russell Westbrook's workload and minute distribution throughout the regular season, but head coach Billy Donovan says Westbrook's minutes will increase in the postseason. "Yes, I do see his minutes going up in the playoffs," Donovan said. "But I see a..." April 16

  • Kanter: Westbrook made Thunder teammates better, more 'Russ-er'

    The Player's Tribune "So I broke my arm. You may have heard about it. And if you haven’t heard about it, well, then … I’m sorry I brought it up. Because this injury, to be honest, it was not a smart one. It was in late January, during a home game against the Mavericks, in the heat of the moment. I saw this..." April 15

  • Thunder Never Considered Russell Westbrook Trade While Waiting For Extension Decision

    Real GM Basketball "The Oklahoma City Thunder fielded trade calls last summer for Russell Westbrook when he considered whether or not to sign a contract extension but never remotely considered moving forward with a move. The Thunder needed to wait for an answer from Westbrook on the extension. Westbrook would..." April 13

  • Russell Westbrook to sit out game against Timberwolves

    Sporting News "Thunder star Russell Westbrook is taking a well-deserved break Tuesday night against the Timberwolves, OKC coach Billy Donovan announced Tuesday. "He's been unbelievable the way he's played, the way he's led," Donovan said. "Sitting down and talking to him, talking to the medical staff, this..." April 11

  • Westbrook, LeBron & CP3 Have Disdain for Curry, Book Claims

    The Big Lead "In the midst of Cleveland’s historic NBA Finals rally from a 3-1 deficit against Golden State in 2016, this happened in Game 6: An uncharacteristic moment of trash talk from LeBron to the 2-time MVP, Stephen Curry. Friends talk trash all the time, and make no mistake, LeBron and Curry were..." April 11

  • Thunder GM: Kevin Durant departure has made Russell Westbrook better

    Larry Brown Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti thinks Russell Westbrook is getting better, and his new role as the undisputed leader of the franchise is a reason why. After Westbrook broke the single-season record for triple-doubles, Presti noted that, in his mind, his star guard is still..." April 10

  • Westbrook denies chasing stats: 'If I wanted to get 10 assists, I can get 10 assists'

    CBS Sports "As unimaginably impressive as Russell Westbrook’s season has been, it has certainly come with a lot of controversy. After nearly every game, triple-double or not, Westbrook deals with reporters asking him whether he’s chasing stats or not. The most consistent question has come about his..." April 08

  • Booker 'took it personally' hearing Suns fans cheering for Westbrook

    Arizona Republic "Devin Booker took ownership Friday night. With the home crowd behind Russell Westbrook's pursuit of history, the Suns second-year guard stole the moment, taking over and sending a message. Late in the fourth quarter, as he dribbled on the left wing, the Talking Stick Resort Arena crowd booed...." April 08

  • Russell Westbrook secures triple-double average for the entire season

    Fox Sports "Russell Westbrook started slow against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night, but he heated up in the second half to etch his name in NBA history. With his sixth assist of the night — and 820th of the season — Westbrook locked up a triple-double average for the season, joining Oscar Robertson..." April 08

  • Russell Westbrook falls one rebound short of history

    CBS Sports "Russell Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles in one season with his 41st such game of the year Tuesday night in the Thunder’s blowout victory over the Bucks. Wednesday night, Westbrook and the Thunder were right back at it, traveling to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies on the..." April 06

  • Russell Westbrook notches record-tying 41st triple-double of season

    ESPN "With a rebound and an assist within a matter of seconds of each other in the third quarter, Russell Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson's mark for most triple-doubles in a single season with 41 against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. "It's historic. If what he's doing wasn't so difficult we'd have a..." April 05

  • It’s now a lock for Russell Westbrook to complete his triple-double average

    Fox Sports "Russell Westbrook’s triple-double average was in serious danger one month ago, as he was on the verge of dipping below 10 assists per game. So much for that. The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard erupted over the course of March and early April, posting double-digit assists in 11 of his past..." April 04

  • Blazers' Lillard would pick Westbrook for MVP, but open to co-winners

    SLAM Online "The 2016-17 season will go down in history for the absurd numbers that players across the League are putting up. There are 31 players averaging at least 20 points per game, seven guys who have made over 200 three-pointers and there have been 102 total triple-doubles this season. 20 of those..." April 01

  • Oscar Robertson rooting for Russell Westbrook to record most triple-doubles

    ESPN "Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has a supporter in his effort to set an NBA record for most triple-doubles in a season: current record-holder Oscar Robertson. Speaking at the Final Four in Phoenix on Friday, Robertson told ESPN's Andy Katz that "I'm rooting for him" to break the..." April 01

  • Kevin Durant says media 'manufactured' his beef with Russell Westbrook

    Sporting News "Any time Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook meet, the media hypes it up as a revenge game. One superstar teammate leaves the other for the direct rival team — what's not to love? Durant, however, feels like the media has played a huge role in creating tension between the two. Appearing on Bill..." March 31

  • Westbrook and Harden are brilliant, but a change in NBA thinking is letting them go after history

    Fox Sports "How is this happening? After years of watching amazing NBA players, how is it this year that we’re seeing two men – Russell Westbrook and James Harden – so effectively make an assault on the NBA record book? How has it become almost common to witness a 50-point triple double? We hadn’t seen one..." March 30

  • Russell Westbrook scored 57 points in win, sets NBA record for most in triple-double

    SI "Russell Westbrook scored 57 points for the most in a triple-double in NBA history as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Orlando Magic 116–106. Westbrook and Houston Rockets star James Harden are the only two players in NBA history with multiple 50-point triple-doubles in a season. From 1976..." March 30

  • 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