Oklahoma City’s star guard was not happy with this question.
Russell Westbrook was pissed off by a reporter’s question during a post-game press conference following the Thunder’s loss to the Rockets in Game 4 of their playoff series tonight.
Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman asked Oklahoma City big man Steven Adams about the Thunder’s struggles when Westbrook goes to the bench.
Westbrook intervened before Adams was able to answer, saying he doesn’t want anyone trying to split the team up. Tramel continued to pry for an answer and at one point seemed to refuse to give up the microphone.
“I asked Steven a question,” he said. “It’s a legitimate question.”
Russell Westbrook goes off on reporter who asks about team's play while he's on the bench pic.twitter.com/oikTf0GxCj
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It’s understandable that Westbrook would be frustrated with these questions – there have been plenty of them – but it was a legitimate question and one Adams appeared willing to answer until his teammate intervened.
The Thunder have been really bad whenever their MVP candidate goes to the bench. Westbrook was a +14 in today’s game. Everyone on the bench had a plus/minus in the negatives and no other starter was better than +5. It’s been like that all series, too, for the most part.
There’s history between Westbrook and this reporter, too.
Westbrook once told Tramel, “I don’t like you” during a post-game press conference. It comes at about the :50 mark in the following video.
Tramel talked about Westbrook’s apparent dislike for him in a Grantland story a couple of years back.
“When people ask, ‘Why doesn’t Westbrook like you?’ I have two standard answers,” Tramel said. “My joke is: He really does, he just doesn’t know it yet. My true answer is: He really doesn’t dislike me anymore than he dislikes somebody else. He couldn’t pick me out of a crowd.”
Game 5 of the series is set to take place on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. E.T. on TNT. The Rockets lead, 3-1.