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Thunder vet: Westbrook thinks he's better than Durant

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09:39 AM ET 05.22 | TV cameras caught Russell Westbrook yelling at Scott Brooks when he was yanked from Game 2, offering incontrovertible proof that he didn't like his coach's decision. What undoubtedly fueled Westbrook's fiery response is a sense of entitlement. As one Thunder veteran said, privately, "He thinks he's better than Kevin Durant."

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May 22, 2011  09:49 AM ET

Internal strife?

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May 22, 2011  09:53 AM ET

One on five does not work, Bro.

May 22, 2011  09:58 AM ET

i saw the game..i was like...man he thinks he is kobe or mj... he is pushing the issue... his TOs is unacceptable...down the stretch OKC's offense should run thru KD

May 22, 2011  09:59 AM ET

This will not end well.

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May 22, 2011  10:27 AM ET
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... but it would be a HUGE mistake long term if they ostracize this kid and put the blame on him

The leering press sure seems to be intent on making him the goat, doesn't it?

May 22, 2011  10:31 AM ET
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Internal strife?

Nice avatar O! With Westbrook being a headcase and the Mavs finally playing D, time to close out this series.

May 22, 2011  10:47 AM ET
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One on five does not work, Bro.

We know that in LA!

May 22, 2011  10:49 AM ET

Westbrook has turned into being THE issue. Last night, he was terrible. He really hasn't learned and it is hurting the team and his chance for a championship.

May 22, 2011  10:51 AM ET
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Kd s a shooter.that's like saying run your o through reggie millerThey can'tRw is a combo guard that they are trying to convert to pg, on the flyIts hard and he's not there yet......but it would be a HUGE mistake long term if they ostracize this kid and put the blame on him

its all about teamwork. westbrook has game, no one is denying that. but in the closing seconds of the game or when the game is on the line, who'd you rather have shooting? the best player in the team (durant) or 2nd best (westbrook). the fact that westbrook was talking down to his coach just shows hes still got a lot of maturing to do.

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May 22, 2011  11:01 AM ET
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I want whomever will put the ball in the hole toDurant shot like 30% last night, why isnt he being vilified ?I'm just saying that for some reason, kd never catches any flackWhen he missed basically every 3 he took...why keep shooting? Why not adjust your game and do something else?Look at the games that okc loses...its usually not rw, its kd who misses a million shots, yet he gets no blame

thats true. KD is on a pedestal. hes the face of the OKC franchise and in some instances the league. this is his team even though no one wants to admit it. he shot like crap yesterday but i gotta give the mavs defense a lot of credit for that yesterday. they held OKC to 39 percent shooting.

May 22, 2011  11:01 AM ET

i'm not condoning arrogance or selfishness, but at the same time, as a basketball player, you have to think of yourself as the best player on the floor to survive, whether it's in the NBA or on the playground.
in the same way, Rondo took some heat for declaring himself the best point guard in the league. but he's only doing what he's supposed to, and that's believing in himself and his game. the best players are the ones who, while they understand their role on their team, are always ready to take over when necessary.

May 22, 2011  11:04 AM ET
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i'm not condoning arrogance or selfishness, but at the same time, as a basketball player, you have to think of yourself as the best player on the floor to survive, whether it's in the NBA or on the playground.in the same way, Rondo took some heat for declaring himself the best point guard in the league. but he's only doing what he's supposed to, and that's believing in himself and his game. the best players are the ones who, while they understand their role on their team, are always ready to take over when necessary.

sometimes thinking like that can come back and bite u on the ****.

May 22, 2011  11:06 AM ET

If OKC is eliminated in five games I'm sure that management will have to have a heart to heart talk with Westbrook and explain that basketball is a team game. And they may want to explain to him about the true meaning of the position point guard. Then again maybe just maybe Westbrook may not be cut out to lead a NBA team?

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May 22, 2011  11:12 AM ET
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thats true. KD is on a pedestal. hes the face of the OKC franchise and in some instances the league. this is his team even though no one wants to admit it. he shot like crap yesterday but i gotta give the mavs defense a lot of credit for that yesterday. they held OKC to 39 percent shooting.

As well he should be. RW is a shooting guard... period.

 
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