Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook are two amazing point guards from this generation of basketball players. Both players have played on the highest stage in the Finals, and there's no doubt that they'll be remembered by fans as all-time greats of the sport.
Russell Westbrook has been on the receiving end of a lot of hate from fans and analysts alike recently. A lot of fans have used the nickname "Westbrick" to heckle him during games, and Russell Westbrook has spoken out against that, claiming that the nickname disrespects his family name.
"It really hit me the other day. Me and wife were at the teacher-parent conference for my son. And the teacher told me, Noah is so proud of his last name, he writes it everywhere, he tells everyone ‘I’m Westbrook’… I kind of sat there in shock and it hit me. I can’t no longer allow people, for example, Westbrick to me is now shaming, shaming my name and my legacy for my kid. It’s a name that means more to me, my wife, my mom, my dad, the ones that paved the way for me."
It's easy to understand why Russell Westbrook is upset at fans for using the nickname, and it can definitely be perceived as disrespectful. When speaking to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Stephen Curry expressed support for Russell Westbrook and claimed that he's "proud of the way" Russell Westbrook is "conducting himself" amidst all the hate and criticism.
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 for Russell Westbrook die down in the future. Even if he's still out of his prime, Westbrook is still a very good player. While his fit with the Los Angeles Lakers roster is a problem, the team also has other issues, such as lack of defense and good depth.
Russell Westbrook had a very good game against the Houston Rockets recently, though the Los Angeles Lakers ended up losing. Perhaps we'll see that continue, and there's no doubt that Westbrook is still capable of having explosive performances and impacting winning.