Oscar Robertson attended the last game of the season, at OKC today to watch the only player to have equaled his historic, 55-year-old record of averaging a triple double for an entire season, as well as the man who broke his equally long, 55-year-old record of most triple doubles in a season. Two records which most NBA players and experts, thought would never again be achieved.
Unless you have been living in a cave with no internet access (*shudder* the thought of living without internet), you already know that the man is Russell Westbrook.
As part of a special presentation, “The Big O”, Oscar Robertson, presented Westbrook with the James Naismith Achievement Award for Individual Achievement.
At the end of the presentation, with the roar of the crowd chanting MVP, The Big O, after already congratulating Westbrook for his achievement, said he had 3 final things to say. With his fist in the air, he called to the heavens, with a suitable pause between each utterance, M …… V …… P!
The crowd erupted to any even louder cheer. They loved that it was not only themselves believing that Westbrook should win the MVP award, but to have it confirmed by a Hall of Fame player; an icon of basketball and one of the greats of all time in Oscar Robertson believing it as well? They went nuts!
It should have been no surprise as other greats have already come out and said Westbrook should win the MVP.
Oscar has said before tonight, about who he thought should get the MVP, “I think it’s Westbrook. That’s what I really think.”
Charles Barkley said he thinks Westbrook is the MVP, as well as adding “That’s a man. If you don’t respect and admire Russell Westbrook, there’s something wrong with you. And let me tell you something. I’ve been in this thing for 30 years. I’ve never seen a player give maximum effort every single night like him. And I played against the greats. Even Jordan didn’t play as hard as Russell Westbrook does, and Michael’s the greatest of all time. But this guy gives maximum effort every single play every single night, and you got to respect that.”
Shaquille O’Neil said “I’m gonna have to go with Russell Westbrook. A lot of triple doubles. He’s doing it by himself. And believe it or not, he’s playing the right way. A couple of years ago, everyone felt Russell’s a little too selfish. … Now, he’s making great passes, making great plays, leading his team, and doing it by himself.”
Shaq followed that up with a catagoric tweet about the MVP voting “If you have James Harden ahead of Russell Westbrook, you are wrong.”
Reggie Miller is so confident Westbrook will win the MVP, that he has bet a radio host $5,000 to a charity of his choice, that Russ wins the MVP.
Then you have the Greatest of All Time, in Michael Jordan this year comparing himself to Westbrook. “30 years ago, that’s me,”
Kobe Bryant this year singled out Russell Westbrook as the player who reminds him most of himself in the NBA.
Allen Iverson also said this year that “Westbrook is the only player who reminds him of himself in his prime.” He also went on to say about who should be MVP. “Russ. When you’re doing something in this day and age, that we’ve never thought we would see ever again; as great as Kawhi is, as great as LeBron is, as great as James Harden is, as great as Isaiah is playing, what Russ is doing is incredible. You’ve got to take your hat off to him for what he’s doing. And taking nothing away from his team, when it comes to the word ‘superstar,’ he’s not playing with superstars. He’s playing with very talented players — he’s got a squad with him, I love his team — but him being the only superstar, and that team going as he goes, you have to recognize that. Get your popcorn before the game starts if you’re watching a Russell Westbrook.”
The Legend, Larry Bird went even further. He said about Westbrook “Here’s a young man that has had serious injuries — bad knee injuries throughout his career — yet every time he walks on the court, you know you’re going to get 100 percent from him. He attacks, he’s fearless and he plays the way it should be played, so I’m all for him. I hope he wins 10 MVPs in a row. I just love players that compete on a nightly basis and really take the challenge to their opponents”
If you move away from just the legends in the game, the current and ex-players of the NBA also think Westbrook should win MVP. Damian Lillard, Blake Griffin, Jamaal Crawford, CJ McCullom, Caron Butler, Baron Davis and many more, all think Westbrook is “The MVP”.
Even longtime critic of OKC and Westbrook himself, Flip Bayless, recently had this to say about the MVP award
And if that isn’t enough to convince you, then you have the “Stache Brothers”
The NBA however, is trying to put a dampener on it for some reason and delaying announcing the MVP until late June, this year. In the words of Michael Cage “Quit playing around” and just give Russell Westbrook the MVP trophy already! 🙂
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