Russell Westbrook is one of the greatest point guards in history, and there's no doubt that when he retires, he will be a Hall of Famer. He has broken a lot of statistical records, mostly involving triple-doubles.
There is no doubt that Russell Westbrook has faced a lot of criticism over the past year. People have often used the nickname "Westbrick" to attack him for his lack of efficiency. The latest person to use that nickname was Skip Bayless, and Russell Westbrook ended up blasting him for that.
Paul George has recently backed up Russell Westbrook's response to Skip Bayless' insult. The two were notably teammates during their time together on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It is clear that Paul George understands why Russell Westbrook did what he did. Other NBA players have also spoken out about the negative treatment Russell Westbrook has received in the past, with Stephen Curry claiming that he's "there for him" amidst the hate.
I told him when we played them in L.A. a couple of days ago that I respect how he’s handled the whole year, just in terms of everything he’s been saying and how he’s been handling himself and protecting his family,” Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry told Yahoo Sports. “It is the nature of the beast. And in a certain perspective, they build you up to break you down. The real ones who have done amazing things in this league know what that means. He’s a professional, and I’m proud of the way he’s conducting himself, and I’m there for him.
The fan perspective, it is kind of B.S. when it crosses the line in terms of attacking somebody personally, their name, and not keeping it to just basketball,” Curry told Yahoo Sports. “That’s why we’re all here is because of basketball. But at the end of the day, you have to do what you have to do to speak up for yourself and also understand that the guys that know what’s going on in this league respect the type of player he is. Russ definitely has my support
Hopefully, we see the hate Russell Westbrook receives die down in the future. He was inconsistent this year, but that is no excuse to get personal with him and try to berate him at every turn.
Russell Westbrook did end up playing well towards the end of the season, so perhaps that will continue next year, whether he is still on the Los Angeles Lakers or another franchise.