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Westbrook storms off without shake after loss

Posted on: May 26, 2011 12:35 am
Edited on: May 26, 2011 5:33 am
 


Posted by Matt Moore

In 2009, LeBron James left the floor without shaking his opponent's hand after losing to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals. It was a humongous upset. For the MVP, it was a disappointing  act of classlessness in the eyes of many. Some felt that as a competitor, you never want to accept losing. Most, though, felt that sportsmanship dictated that you owe it to your opponent and say "Congratulations, good luck." James was killed for it in the press. Looking back, it may really have been the start of James' P.R. fall from grace. It is considered classless to just walk off the floor. 

Russell Westbrook just walked off the floor. Thirty-four second mark here:


 


Now, first of all, Jason Terry, I know you're excited. It's the Finals. Pull up once you see the clock. It's done. No need for the extra dunk. 

Moving on, Westbrook also declined to go to the podium after the game, with James Harden at the presser instead. Westbrook might have simply been too upset to make the presser. After a game where he scored 31 points (on 28 shots) and had eight rebounds, five assists with only three turnovers, he was obviously disappointed. Westbrook constantly soared for rebounds and pushed the ball to get buckets in transition. With Kevin Durant off for most of the game, Westbrook again tried to lead, with successes and failures. Westbrook also lost his emotional cool with a technical in the second half by shoving Jason Terry.

It's going to be a pivotal summer for Westbrook. He's shown tremendous ability and became an All-Star. But his immaturity and decision-making led people to question his role on the Thunder. A stellar performance by James Harden at the point guard position only complicates matters. Westbrook's going to have to decide what role his career is going to be defined by for the next several years, and he's going to have to grow up a bit to learn to control his emotion and harness it in a positive way.

And he's going to get killed in the press for not shaking his opponents' hand after another late-game collapse.
Comments

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 8:44 am
 

Westbrook storms off without shake after loss

Glad to sportsman ship is a priority for this bozo! Typical of the NBA!



Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2011 8:35 am
 

Westbrook storms off without shake after loss

Anyone else think Westbrook isn't as good as advertised?  Yea, he scores a decent amount of points, but he also takes a LOT of shots to get there.  It seems anybody can be a star in the NBA if they take enough shots, because the sports media and casual fans only seem to pay attention to the PPG rather than any offensive efficiency stats. 



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 8:13 am
 

Westbrook storms off without shake after loss

If David Stern and the NBA wanted Dallas to win, they hafd the last five years to do it.  Instead its Nowitski and the Mavericks who get raped half the time playing Spurs, Fakers and your Thunder.   Your Westbrook character is better at an acting career rather than a NBA championship run.  Count how many times the Thunder played rough on Mavs.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 7:53 am
 

Westbrook storms off without shake after loss

Shake hands for what ? Being cheated out of a chance to win a conference finals ! Weestbrook and Durant know they were screwed in favor of Nowitzki ! The NBA wants another White superstar to win ring so bad that they allowed the Mavs to get away with crap while calling sissies fouls for Dirk !

The last White superstar to mean anything to the league was Larry Legend and until Dirk came on the scene, the NBA had zero White superstars !

They want Dirk to win a ring and Mark Cuban and his billions are going to buy it ! 

Durant didn't get the calls Dirk was getting and he's as big a star as Dirk is ! 

Like Isiah Thomas said about Bird, if Bird were Black he ''would be just another good guy'' instead of being portrayed as the league's best player.  



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: May 26, 2011 6:30 am
 

Westbrook storms off without shake after loss

That was selfish and showed no class but westbrook has done that all season,the way he acts is that he is jealous of Durant,i do not see them staying on the same team for long he is to selfish.



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2011 4:08 am
 

Westbrook storms off without shake after loss

Guess you have never played sports. The first lesson we are taught is to be gracious as losers and more gracious as winners. It is called sportsmanship and it transends sports. Do you live through these overpaid players and think that because the stakes are higher (are they really?) tht sportsmanship no longer matters.

 



Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 3:10 am
 

Westbrook storms off without shake after loss

OMG...what's the state of sports and it's athletes coming to? In another thread it says "Durant 'not happy at all' that Dirk advances". Those classless bastards. LOL. Seriously, I hope this is all taken in jest. So much bashing and dramatization going on in the world of internet.



Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 3:02 am
 

Westbrook storms off without shake after loss

It happens. Not the first time or last for anyone. Notice we never hear about no names doing this thing at games. This just happens to be nationally televised and a star player. Just like Russ will get over it, folks watching can get over the lack of a handshake. I'm not running anyone through the grinder at this level of the game at this stage. So close...



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2011 2:58 am
 

Westbrook storms off without shake after loss

NJ, I see your point too. (Millions) Westbrock's numbers at UCLA were average. Yes, he blew up this year. I wish the kid well and a promisinf career. however, just like you said "Their 4 'core' players are all 22 years old and younger (Harden, Westbrook, Durant, Ibaka)." And all but one of this group shook their oppenents hand. That is the point I was trying to make.  



Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: May 26, 2011 2:12 am
 

Westbrook storms off without shake after loss

Westbrook just took one right out of the LeBron playbook. I'm sure he is thinking just like LeBron, that it is not his fault. His teammates (including Durant) aren't good enough. His next move will be to start scheming how he can take his talents somewhere where they will be more appreciated, like L.A. or New York. He looks like a LeBron-style punk to me.


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