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Last season, Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook became the first player since the legendary Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double for an entire season.
Westbrook’s record-setting year was culminated by him winning the MVP award.
Critics, however, often say that Westbrook “stat-padded” frequently last year by stealing rebounds from teammates and hunting for assists late in games.
Those same naysayers are back at it again, as entering tonight (4/11), Westbrook needs 16 rebounds to become the first player to ever average a triple-double more than once and the detractors are once again claiming he’s padding his stats.
Meeting with reporters after shootaround, Westbrook sounded off on the stat skeptics and said no one in the league does what he does on a nightly basis.
“A lot people make jokes about whatever, stat-padding or going to get rebounds,” Westbrook said. “If people could get 20 rebounds every night, they would. If people get 15 rebounds, they would. People that’s talking or saying whatever they need to say, they should try to do it and see how hard it is. Since everybody’s wants to be talking, I’m tired of hearing the same old rebound this, stealing rebounds, all this sh*t. I take pride in what I do. I come out and play, and I get the ball faster than someone else gets to it. That’s what it is. If you don’t want it, I’m gonna get it. Simple as that.
“The game will tell you what you need to do. Getting loose rebounds, loose balls, getting on the break is something that’s very, very beneficial to our team and something that in my opinion you can’t stop. Getting a rebound, pushing out, getting it up quick because you can’t scout for that. And it’s something that’s great for our team.
“You just do what you need to do to win. Tonight, if scoring is what it is, then that’s what is. Rebounding then that’s what it is. If it’s passing, then that’s what is, defending. My job is to do everything. And that’s what I do. I go out, do everything, and I do it on a night in and night out basis. Nobody else does the same sh*t I do every night. Simple as that.”
Westbrook recorded 42 triple-doubles last season and has 25 this year.