Thunder Rumblings


Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith weigh in on the Russell Westbrook meltdown

by Anthony Slater Modified: April 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm •  Published: February 1, 2013

By now, you probably know what happened. And you’ve likely heard a variety of opinions on the subject.

Well, here’s two more: ESPN’s Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith.

And don’t worry, the two were as opinionated and outlandish as expected. I’m sure Thunder fans are going to love this.

Highlights from both:

Stephen A. Smith (who was complimentary of Westbrook at times)

“If you can react that way to being up 25, and react that way to a teammate with the cameras rolling and thousands of people in the stands over something like that, is it not possible somebody will rattle you come playoff time, rattle you come NBA Finals.”

“I believe that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook together will ultimately win multiple titles, but what I saw last night has me ruling them out of winning the title this year. Because you are going to go up against more seasoned individuals who know how to play together, know how to communicate together and how not to overreact.”

“I really, really saw a kid last night, I didn’t see a young man. And that’s what I’m concerned about.”

Skip Bayless

“Love Kevin Durant, my favorite player, hate it that he is forced to play with Russell Westbrook. Really scares me for Kevin Durant’s sake, long term.”

“Not only did blow his cool, but he blew his team’s psyche.”

“That’s 100 percent selfish. That’s all about Westbrook’s out of control ego.”

“At some point it’s going to get him. In the Western Conference Playoffs, it’ll get them.”

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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