Players throughout the NBA over the past week have shown sympathy in various ways for the victims of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
Many have expressed their condolences through the social media site Twitter. Kevin Durant famously paid homage to those who lost their lives by writing the town's name on his shoes during a game last Friday
Chicago center Joakim Noah, citing disdain for gun violence, recently decided to retire a celebration he regularly performs after the Bulls make momentous shots. The routine is an elaborate whirling hand gesture in which Noah shapes his fingers on both hands like pistols and pretends to fire the make-believe guns before slowly but emphatically holstering his hands at his hips.
Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook employs a similar celebration but not as complex. Westbrook simply blows on both hands after making 3-pointers and emphatically “holsters” his hands at his hips.
Westbrook, however, has continued his celebration, and while sympathetic to the issue said he does not plan on stopping it.
“I don't know why he does it,” Westbrook said of Noah. “It's different. I don't know what he's doing. I don't do all that (extra motioning). But, nah, never because I don't have (imaginary) guns. I'm shooting the 3. I don't think about it like that. I never have (related it to guns).”
BROOKS DIDN'T MIND DURANT'S TECH
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he didn't have an issue with Durant's late-game technical foul Thursday at Minnesota. Durant was whistled for the infraction when he slammed the ball and voiced his displeasure at a charging violation in the final three minutes.