Russell Westbrook probably knew he was going to be fined for this comment, but he said it anyway.
I don’t give a about the line. We lost.
Westbrook said that in the postgame press conference after the Thunder’s 115-111 loss to Houston Wednesday night. ESPN was unable to censor the comment as the interview was live, and you just can’t do that. Now, the NBA has fined him $15,000 for it.
I guess if you cuss, you get fined, Westbrook told reporters Friday, via The Oklahoman. … It is what it is. I’m OK with it. I’ll take it.
Leave it to Westbrook to tell it like it is. Maybe his fans will pay for his fine like Grizzlies coach David Fizdale’s players are paying for his.
Either way, in a world where many players and coaches are ruled by cliches Westbrook will always give it to you straight. There is worth in that $15,000 worth apparently.
However, if he is to perform to what his current experience level is which is to say, never participating in a collegiate game against players 20 to 23 years old like he’ll be performing against here it could hurt his stock enough to where teams don’t believe he’ll be ready early enough to contribute on his rookie contract, and he’ll get indications that he should return to school. No pressure, just have to perform in your first-ever set of games against this level of competition, with potentially millions of dollars riding on the outcome.