When it comes to reporters, Russell Westbrook doesn’t always play nice, especially if he feels the questions they ask are either irrelevant or negative.
After Game 4 over the weekend, the OKC Thunder star shut down a reporter who he thought was trying to drive a wedge between him and his teammates with a question about his dominant play, after a 113-109 loss against the Rockets, putting them down 3-1 in the series.
Watch the interview above and read the responses below:
Reporter: Steven, second time in three games you guys really struggled when Russell went to the bench, you were out there for part of that. What goes on when he goes to the bench, why is Houston so successful, and do you sense they sort of get an energy boost just from him going out of the game?
Westbrook: I don’t want nobody to try to split us up, we all one team. Regardless if I go to the bench, if Steven’s on the floor, if I’m off the floor, we in this together. Don’t split us up, don’t try to split us up, don’t try to make us go against each other, try to make it Russell against the rest of the guys, Russell against Houston, I don’t want to hear that. We in this together, we play as a team, and that’s all that matters. That’s it.
Reporter: Russell, I’m not trying to split you up, but twice in three games you guys have not played well at all when you’ve gone to the bench, and I’m just trying to figure out what’s going on.
Westbrook: That’s fine, say ‘Russell you haven’t played well at all,’ say, ‘Russell and the team haven’t played well,’ don’t say, ‘When Russell goes out the team don’t play well.’ It don’t matter, we in this together.
Reporter: That may be Russell, but I asked Steven a question, it’s a legitimate question.
Westbrook: It’s not between me and you, next question. Next question.