Russell Westbrook’s top 11 postgame interview moments
Like Marshawn Lynch, Kevin Garnett and Coach Pop, the OKC star has always been a news conference MVP
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Russell Westbrook ain’t new to this — he’s true to this. He’s long been as entertaining in postgame interviews as he is on the court. So his rant after Game 4 of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff series against the Houston Rockets was no surprise: “I don’t want nobody to try to split us up,” he said this time. “We all one team.” In fact, Westbrook was pretty tame. Westbrook didn’t drop an F-bomb or the N-word, like he’s done before. He didn’t calmly reveal his dislike for a particular reporter, like he’s done before.
Over the years, Westbrook’s interviews have become one of the greatest spectacles to behold in the NBA. His delivery and pettiness levels are up there in the ranks with fellow interview trolls Marshawn Lynch, Kevin Garnett and Gregg Popovich. Like them, Westbrook isn’t afraid to speak his mind. For these reasons, we stick around after games. Here are the top 11 moments of Russell Westbrook’s NBA interview career.
May 5, 2012 — ‘No more questions for you, bro’
If there were a Bible of Westbrook’s responses to postgame questions, the book of Genesis would begin with the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs. After the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a sweep of the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, a reporter asked Westbrook about his then-teammate (and fellow 2017 MVP front-runner) James Harden’s 29-point performance.
Reporter: Do you think Harden is a max player? Where would you rate him as a shooting guard in the NBA?
Westbrook: Ummm, James Harden is a great player for our team. He does a lot of great things for us, and he’s going to continue to do that for us. … No more questions for you, bro.
We learned early on that Russ can, and will, dictate whether or not you get a follow-up.
Feb. 12, 2013 — ‘Y’all n—-s trippin’’