The Oklahoma City Thunder are playing the Atlanta Hawks tonight. It’s not a particularly noteworthy game, but I’m going to go ahead and use it as a paper-thin excuse to post this short bit of prose I wrote last season about Russell Westbrook, Destroyer of Worlds. I’m also going to include an obligatory Westbrook finger gun GIF to top it off. Enjoy.
Russell Westbrook plays basksetball like a roided-out jackrabbit. He has the athletecism of a mini-LeBron, but he doesn’t bottle it up the way James does. He lets it bubble and boil over the pot.
Westbrook plays an aggressive, volatile style, like Troy Polamalu in his prime. In the frame one second and out the next (and vice versa). He commits plays with a heedless energy that can’t be tamed. And yet even his clumsiest maneuvers still somehow look graceful. His basketball is Youthful Exuberance personified. Flashy and frivolous, headstrong and beautiful.
Never change, Russ.