“I don't pay no mind to the bad stuff,” Westbrook said. “I tune out every stuff. One day bad, one day good, you never know. I tune it out all and just play. Try to get better each and every year. That's my job.”
Westbrook says he was born with his burning style.
“It's natural,” Westbrook said. “I can't play well without playing that way. That's just how I am. Not nothing I force, think about before the game. It's just natural.”
And the chip on the shoulder? That wasn't produced by analysts or fans or media. That was his upbringing.
“Just growing up and not having much,” Westbrook said. “So now you've gotta work to get something. Championship, you gotta find a way to get it.”
Work. That's what Westbrook does. He works. Few basketball players in history have improved so exponentially every year for six years.
But Westbrook has, from Leuzinger High School in Greater Los Angeles to UCLA Year 1 to UCLA Year 2 to each of his four Thunder seasons. He's new and improved every season.
“Just try to figure out a way to get things done,” said Westbrook, who takes the court with a sword and a shield, ready to attack.