Man Crush Monday: Russell Westbrook
It was a fairly soft weekend for sports, at least in the sense of anything meaningful. NBA All Star Weekend gave us an entertaining Saturday night and a record-breaking Sunday night as the West beat the East 196-173. There were several storylines including probably the best slam dunk contest in years. The weekend belonged ceremoniously to Kobe Bryant, who was playing in his final All Star game, but other stars filled up the stat sheet. Taking home his second straight All Star MVP was this week’s Man Crush Monday, Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook scored 31 points and added 8 rebounds, five assists, and five steals in just 22 minutes. He was surprised to win it again considering it hasn’t happened since Bob Pettit received the award in 58 and 59, the second being shared with Elgin Baylor. Westbrook received 6 of the possible 12 MVP votes, with the other half split among several different players. An honorable mention does have to be given to Paul George, who scored 41 points for the East and continues to be a great comeback story after that gruesome broken leg two years ago for Team USA.
In a year that could see Kevin Durant’s final days in Oklahoma City, Westbrook is having an amazing year and seems ready to take over as the guy if need be. Although it is probably a given that he would like Durant to stay, some rumors have the former MVP going to Golden St., or his hometown of Washington D.C. For now, this season will feature both players in OKC and at least the fans can be happy about that. If Westbrook keeps playing the way he has, the Thunder could still be a force to be reckoned with when playoff time gets here.