Russell Westbrook is the last person you want to make a comment about that can seem or come across as a negative statement toward or about him. But nonetheless, when Stephen Curry was asked about the MVP award and who it should go to this season, he responded, "...James Harden..." and of course reporters brought it to Westbrook's attention to get his reaction.
Westbrook is an alpha competitor, and as a result, he takes nothing lightly. After hearing what Curry said, he brushed it off saying, "...who is he?..." However, the way in which he brushed it off sent a strong message.
He said, "Who is he?" about a 2-time NBA regular season MVP who was named MVP unanimously on his second time winning. And, if he had the help needed his team would be in a much better position than a 6 seed for the playoffs. That, in addition to his competitive nature, together would make the statement even more deadly.
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If OKC can sign or draft a "Scottie Pippen" to play along side of Westbrook, the League is in trouble! Westbrook has the necessary set of talents, skills and winning mindset to make the Thunder a winning organization. He has a Michael Jordan like mentality.
If anybody can restore order to the NBA and start minimizing super teams and go back to exciting fans with on the edge of your seat play as well as talk, it's Russell Westbrook. He believes in hard work and he also believes he can beat anybody. That's basically what Jordan was as a player. He let the front office worry about managing the rosters, and came to play every game like it was his last. He doesn't whine or complain about his roster or the referees in this era of basketball.
As a result, I think if Westbrook gets his side kick it's lights out NBA. He has enough of a chip on his shoulder to take down even the Golden State Warriors if he just has the right pieces around him.
In today's league assassins like Westbrook get overlooked because he's not a whiner, he just wants to win. Eventually, he will too, and when he does the entire league will be holding their breaths with a sense of disbelief as well as excitement.
How Soon Can He Win a Championship?
Westbrook plays on a small market team and up until the recentCBA agreementit has been next to impossible for small market teams to land a big market talent.Now, just because the agreement has began to level the playing field in terms of talent, that doesn't mean immediate results.
So, what does that mean, right?
Pretty much it's going to take innovative action. Some organization has to create the first blueprint on how to win building a team under the new CBA agreement. It's not an easy task to do, but I do believe in OKC. They have a history in drafting great talents--Durant, Harden, Westbrook--but they just didn't have the necessary money to keep their pieces.
With everything said, I do believe in OKC's roster creativity ability, and now with more money on the table, I strongly believe they'll be able to make some things happen on their roster to ensure Westbrook's championship run and eventual win.
What they didn't have before was a necessary attractiveness for players to want to go play in OKC. Now, with the money on the table and a player like Westbrook as their face, if players want to win they'll go play in OKC. That means the free agency pool has just become extremely available.
In plain English, I'd say, 3-5 years. In that time span the Thunder can get the necessary pieces and overcome the super team over in Golden State.
Mark my words...