Monday, April 1, 2013

A Tangent On #LetWestbrookBeWestbrook

As the mainstream media, grew more and more against Westbrook, the blogosphere grew more an more in love with him, beginning the #LetWestbrookBeWestbrook movement.

A lot of this has gone too far.

The idea behind LWBW was that Westbrook was--and still is--are bonafide point guard, a distributor with passing numbers similar to those of Deron Williams, Jrue Holiday, Ricky Rubio, and Tony Parker. He wasn't shooting too much, as many in the mainstream media claimed, and was an excellent player being unfairly criticized. He certainly wasn't the worst point guard in finals history.

But now the script has flipped. On good Russ nights, those 30, 12, 7 games punctuated by a massive transition flush, the echo chamber that is basketball twitter is abuzz with LWBW tweets. And this is fair. Let him be the dynamic, one-of-a-kind wrecking ball that he is and enjoy it.

But Westbrook will have those 4-17 games, and just as the mainstream media remembers these and not the great games, most of the blogosphere blows these games off, only remembering the LWBW moments. Very ironic. 

Some will, but please don't take this as a criticism of Westbrook, the player. I love his competitive fire more than anyone and I'm putting him here as a candidate for the fourth best player in the league. I just hope that in the future, people on both ends of the spectrum can judge him more fairly.

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