Three time All-Star Russell Westbrook and the press will never be ‘buddy-buddy’, of that you can be sure. He has infuriated and frustrated them throughout his career and after an impressive 127-115 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday, January 16th, Westbrook was at it again.
#0 Thunder guard Russell Westbrook seems disinterested at most of his post-game press conferences and this past weekend was no exception. Photo: US PRESSWIRE
After completing a stellar triple-double comprising of 17 points, 17 assists, and 15 rebounds, the media was all over him like an ant at a picnic only to face monotone and repetitive responses from the talented three time All-Star. This is the post-game interview that left reporters so miffed:
The Heat are the Champions. The Thunder lost. We’re not going to write about who scored what, who should have played better, who didn’t guard who or how good or bad the coaching was. We’re not going to ramble on about LeBron James and how this finally is his first championship or how some of us are still angered by some of the choices he’s made.
We’re not going to discuss the way experience overcame youth or how the Thunder was completely overmatched in this series. Instead we will reflect on the fact that the Finals are over. The Heat took it to the Thunder and, as Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said in part of his post-game speech to his team, ..”they won fair and square.”
For those of you who haven’t seen the video below, it’s a great opportunity to witness part of one of the classiest post-game speeches we’ve ever heard. Brooks urges his team to keep their heads up, refers to them as ‘family’ and then tells them all something at the end that just exudes class and professionalism.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks gave a moving and rousing speech to his team after their Finals loss to the Heat. Photo: E.Hingle U.S. Presswire
You will also hear a humbled LeBron James give his take on the Thunder and their future in a very special and compassionate way with words that were sincere and uplifting. Words not about how great the Heat played or how much of a super-star he is, but instead he offered the Thunder encouragement.
And then there were the few moments that Kevin Durant spoke and whether you’re a fan of the Thunder or not, you had to feel for the guy. His best asset, as well as many on his team, especially Harden at 22, and Westbrook at 23, is youth. Youth, along with talent when handled properly and finessed by a good coach can develop into experienced winners. We’ll just have to have to wait and see what next season brings to find out what effect this series had on Oklahoma City.
For now however, for the Thunder, all they have left to take out of these Finals is hope. For the Heat, they can revel in the fact that, (as the group Queen once sang), they are the “champions of the world!” Enjoy the video…
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