Russell Westbrook can’t be your No. 1 option for a championship team - Stephen A. | First Take

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  • Published on Apr 22, 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith argues that despite Russell Westbrook’s great talent, he is incapable of leading a team to an NBA Championship as the No. 1 option and will take the blame if the Oklahoma City Thunder get eliminated in the 1st round.
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  • Gordon Collins
    Gordon Collins 7 months ago

    I dunno about you guys, but, mvp year Derrick rose is more athletic than Westbrook was in his MVP season, at least imo.

  • antione english
    antione english 7 months ago

    I mean everything you gusy say is on point.. but again one went to a super star club and the other well ya know.... lol thats not fair so letsnjust keep at 3 1st round exits

  • Eddie Bitar
    Eddie Bitar 7 months ago

    Thunders problem is obvious. A championship team defensively, but only have 2 star players and ONE scorer. Russ has been atrocious shooting the ball, and PG is prone to off nights. Always a recipe for first round exit no matter the talent

  • UeProductionz
    UeProductionz 7 months ago

    I think Will Cain needs to replace Molly as the host. You lose some eye candy but the quality is just so much better. Kinda reminds me of First Take back when it was Skip, Stephen A and Jay Crawford.

  • countryboy
    countryboy 7 months ago +1

    All of sudden it’s all Westbrook’s fault that KD left now huh. Right Westbrook blew that 3-1 lead, fantastic...

  • countryboy
    countryboy 7 months ago +1

    Get him a fucking coach that will contain him and not do iso plays down the stretch for 48 minutes.

  • Yobadd Yobadd
    Yobadd Yobadd 7 months ago

    Russell needs to learn how to play team ball. He and the coaches gotta know that they need to change up things to play to win.

  • King
    King 7 months ago

    I’ve been saying this since Harden left OKC Westbrook isn’t someone you want to play with(even though KD put up with him until couple season ago). He looks good stats wise but if you avg triple double for 2 or 3seasons and can’t pass the first round it honestly doesn’t matter

  • stikmoney __84
    stikmoney __84 7 months ago

    How about bad coaching

  • Joshua Makshofi
    Joshua Makshofi 7 months ago +1

    Imagine choosing Westbrook over Harden and/or Durant.

  • Aditya Rao
    Aditya Rao 7 months ago

    I feel like Russ has 2 outfits every postgame, one for when he wins and one for when loses.

  • Donald and Daisy’s
    Donald and Daisy’s 7 months ago

    Lebron: Do you want join me in LA?
    Westbrook: Next question.
    Lebron: I'm not talking to you Westbrick. PG?
    Paul George: Hell yea. Should have went there last year.

  • John Vargo
    John Vargo 7 months ago

    Here's what I think about Westbrook, His ego is the problem and why hell never win. His ego makes it to where if a teammate succeeds on the court without him being directly responsible for that success it kills him. If someone is able to create their own shot and don't need a set up from RW he goes crazy, and that's when he starts playing with no bball IQ. If someone on the other team goes down and pulls up from three and nails it RW for some reason will bring the ball up court ,doesn't survey the court, doesn't run a play, dosent call for a pick, nothing he just wants to match the 3pter so he Jack's up a contested shot from 35ft away. Even if it's his own teammate that catches fire and is killing it instead of feeding them the ball untill they cool off or the defense does something to slow them down Russ feels the need to show his worth and starts forcing his own number, jacking up 3s, dribbles the ball way to long wirh out a pass, he will drive uncontrollably to the rim with 2shot blockers near and if he does actually give the ball up at that moment it's usally s forced pass that results in a turnover, it's just selfish selfish basketball and all because he can't stand not being the guy who is MVP for the team every game. He hates having to have a teammate to run with him that can actually help him win, he wants to win but only if he is the one winning. There can be no doubt that he is the reason they won. If they lose well he has his stats padded like a insane asylums walls, that way he can look at his numbers and his ego is ok because it wasn't his fault they lost. He had a triple double with bunch of points assist rebounds he even had 4 steals, but he shot 7-32, had 12 turnovers, lapses on defense on a Few plays and got a technical foul giving up more free points.. tis is just what I get from RW and why I don't really care for him and don't think he's ever gonna get a chip, hell he will be lucky to make the conference finals again... Once again JMO

  • Antwon Dorsett 980i9
    Antwon Dorsett 980i9 7 months ago

    Best playoffs in a while every match up is crazy

  • John Vargo
    John Vargo 7 months ago

    Good luck getting Westbrook to be anything other than the 1st option. Westbrook wants to be option 1 and option 1b, maybe every few games PG can be the 2nd option but he better score all his points while Russ is on the bench

  • dgames
    dgames 7 months ago

    In reality, Westbrook cant even be a 2nd option. He needs to be more like a 3rd. He's bad help. Look at past playoff series when KD was there. Westbrook was trash. This year is nothing new. Hes also why you can't totally blame KD for losing like he did in OKC. Superstars can't win alone and Westbrook sure aint that guy to help.

  • James George
    James George 7 months ago

    Its the reason why KD left..Westbrook wants to be the guy..and KD doesnt like that, coz he knew hes capable of in clutch time..

  • Alberto L
    Alberto L 7 months ago +1

    Max Kellerman is always stating the obvious. If Westbrook hits shots? No shit sherlock.

  • Khult Herro
    Khult Herro 7 months ago

    Russell "First Round Exit" Westbrook. And along so is Paul "First Round Exit" George. LMAO!!! It will be the narrative for Paul George till his contract expires. Then Paul will want to sign with the Lakers. NAH! No thanks, George. Stay with Russ.

  • Klaas Marc
    Klaas Marc 7 months ago

    I feel bad for Russ

  • Dre Wright
    Dre Wright 7 months ago

    If Russle Westbrook didn't have a bad attitude and being so stuck up he probably would've past the first round. I wonder how his teammates think of him as a leader.

  • Andrew Palmer
    Andrew Palmer 7 months ago

    Did yall watch the game they ledt him open abd just hedged the paint... Russ for all your fans listen to coaching man theyre leaving you open man and youre still not hitting be a point guard and think

  • Ennis Cool
    Ennis Cool 7 months ago

    A player with low EQ like Westbrook will never lead a team to championship. All champ team leaders, ig MJ, Kobe, Duncan, LeBron and Curry, all very humbled, sophisticated and mature guys. Westbrook is a joke.

  • Martin Da GOAT
    Martin Da GOAT 7 months ago

    I love this new mediator

  • Endule
    Endule 7 months ago

    And this is why Steph Curry > Westbrook

  • Tehui1974
    Tehui1974 7 months ago

    The problem with Westbrook is that when he misses, he just keeps on shooting. Pass the f* ball.

  • Peter Pitaluga
    Peter Pitaluga 7 months ago

    Russell Westbrook suck saw his attitude w.a.s.p

  • Anandhu R Krishnan
    Anandhu R Krishnan 7 months ago

    with russ okc nvr gonna lay banner

  • Ivan Dizon
    Ivan Dizon 7 months ago

    Westbrook need 2 new young players on his side in caliber of jason kidd and shaq o neal.

  • Tim Warren
    Tim Warren 7 months ago

    OKC made a HUGE mistake when they decided to give Westbrook that contract!! He’s definitely over paid for his play, and will never get OKC any championships... NEXT QUESTION

  • Mang ng
    Mang ng 7 months ago

    westbrook trying to prove he's a better than Dame, Dame tryna win games.

  • LoneWolfAlpha
    LoneWolfAlpha 7 months ago

    11/31 Westbrick sucks ass

  • Jeremy Thompson
    Jeremy Thompson 7 months ago

    Thank god that molly skank isn’t on

  • Game Boy
    Game Boy 7 months ago

    Russell Westbrook is one of the best to ever do it a lot of great player don't have a championship ring to their name FUCK a ring GREAT TEAM PLAY WIN RINGS Legacy to me is the players own individual stats

  • xFlow777
    xFlow777 7 months ago

    Westbrook sucks ass, it's time to look the truth in the eye

  • Andrew Torrenzi
    Andrew Torrenzi 7 months ago

    Releasing Billy Donovan can help too just saying

  • Jonathan Monami
    Jonathan Monami 7 months ago +1

    MAX: You can't say Russell Westbrook shoulders all the blame when Paul George's shoulders have resulted into him not hitting shots
    Me: LMAO

  • Dennis Rodriguez
    Dennis Rodriguez 7 months ago

    Westbrook choked like a mother fucker

  • Abhimanyu Yadav
    Abhimanyu Yadav 7 months ago

    00:13 how quickly they forget Drose!

  • TheManFromSaipan
    TheManFromSaipan 7 months ago

    Hey at least Molly isn't in this segment

  • Zeafer Jones
    Zeafer Jones 7 months ago

    Other than Westbrook I believe the reason why OKC struggles is that they don't play Ferguson nearly enough.

  • Landon Wherry
    Landon Wherry 7 months ago

    Will is so much better than Molly

  • spongeaang98
    spongeaang98 7 months ago

    I made the mistake of considering Russell Westbrook an elite level player two years ago. I will never make that mistake again. I'm done with him. Elite level players don't just play well, they make everyone else play well for themselves, not just one person. Elite level players also will do what is needed to win, deferring to others if he doesn't have it rather than play hero ball to do it all himself. Westbrook doesn't do either of those things, and he seems incapable or uninterested in changing up his playstyle. The Thunder have surrounded him with three MVP caliber players and he's done NOTHING with them. He's clearly dragging down the team and he won't be elite until he fixes any of this.

  • Kha'len McCoy
    Kha'len McCoy 7 months ago

    Paul George said they can come back from a 3-1 lead
    😂😂

  • Clippers Fan Since July 6th

    If the Thunder traded Westbrook what do you think they could get?

  • TUBESTEAKNIG
    TUBESTEAKNIG 7 months ago +1

    He can't even be #2. Honestly, #3 either. He can be 2 or 3 on an elite team possibly, but they won't win when it comes down to it.

  • SpartanK07
    SpartanK07 7 months ago

    Thunder need to feature Adams ! Dude should be 20-20 each game

  • SpartanK07
    SpartanK07 7 months ago

    Africa isn't a country

  • Todd Sands
    Todd Sands 7 months ago

    We might as well talk about this now. OKC is going down.

  • hello hello
    hello hello 7 months ago

    Westbrook's all over trending right now

  • Meme Meme
    Meme Meme 7 months ago

    Y’all all haters

  • Isaiah Patterson
    Isaiah Patterson 7 months ago

    Max stfu. Ohh if harden hits shots the rockets will go undefeated if westbrook hits shots he would be the best player in the league. Stop with that shit. They are both mvps they both need to step up when it matters

  • Jamal Husbands
    Jamal Husbands 7 months ago

    Westbrook need to play shooting gaurd.

  • gor9027
    gor9027 7 months ago

    Winning that MVP was the worst thing to happen to Westbrook professionally. It validated his stat stuffing, reckless style of play, and poor decision making and he continues to play this way and thus the Thunder keep getting severely exposed in the playoffs.

  • Bubbles
    Bubbles 7 months ago

    as much as i dont like Will Cain, i must say, he is really damn good at moderating. Enjoyable to watch tbh

  • def maiden
    def maiden 7 months ago

    He's a joke

  • Cow Crow
    Cow Crow 7 months ago

    Westbrook has too big an ego. Durant was drowning in its shadow.

  • Jaylin Dansby
    Jaylin Dansby 7 months ago +3

    Billy Donovan : Can I coach now ?

    Westbrook : Next Question

  • Eli Savala
    Eli Savala 7 months ago

    Billy Donavan needs a lot more blame he is an idiot

  • 150 Roc Block
    150 Roc Block 7 months ago

    All facts, salty fans will disagree but Russ isn’t a go to player 🤷🏽‍♂️