Russell Westbrook is having another phenomenal season. The crazy thing about his season is that he is still facing criticism as a player because he has never won a championship. Westbrook’s game has always been compared to NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, who has now come to the defense of him.

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In the interview with Mark Steins of the New York Times, Robertson said that he hopes Westbrook breaks his career triple-doubles record of 181. Westbrook is inching closer with 180 triple-doubles and looks likely to surpass Robertson this season.

“I think he’s one of the elite guards in basketball, and I think it’s ridiculous some sportswriters criticize him because he has not won a championship,” said Robertson. “Players don’t win championships by themselves. You’ve got to have good management. You need to get with the right group of players.”


Robertson has a point. Despite consistently being celebrated by his actual teammates for his leadership qualities, Westbrook does indeed draw unfair criticism oftentimes.  Robertson was considered by many as a great player who never won a championship until he played with  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1970.

Westbrook couldn’t careless about the critics. He just wants to ball.