Could It Be More Clear That Russell Westbrook Is Internalizing Every Single One Of His Frustrations?
Doesn't it just feel like this is the calm before the storm? Like Russell Westbrook - someone who usually wears his emotions on his sleeve - has almost been TOO outwardly understanding of everything that has gone on this offseason. Think about this for a second. We are talking about a man whose partner in crime for damn near a decade jumped ship to his biggest competition and didn't even tell him before doing so. Yet here we are, a month later, and the only sign of disdain we've seen - other than a handful of references to the word "loyalty" that were basically verbal ninja stars aimed at Kevin Durant's carotid artery - is an extremely telling three word quip that was immediately downplayed afterwards?
I can't help but think that Russell Westbrook doing and saying all the right things during what has to be considered the most tumultuous time in his career is just an idle front for an active volcano that is still very much bubbling. It feels like we are all calmly taking in the serenity of a lakeside view without realizing the beast that lies beneath the surface. We are talking about one of the most volatile personalities in the league not only taking it in stride after a teammate callously spurned him without so much as a heads up, but turning around with a smile on his face and casually signing an extension. If that's not a sign of an inevitable Incredible Hulk-esque transformation then I don't know what is, because it's pretty clear - to me anyway - that Russell Westbrook is more tired from suppressing every ounce of resentment, frustration, and spite than he's ever been on a basketball court. I feel like we are living in the movie 'Me, Myself, and Irene'. The guy has given us more 'Charlie' then I ever thought was possible, but you'd have to imagine that 'Hank' is going to hit the ground running once it's time to let his play do the talking. Kevin Durant might be on the good side if he's trying to win a title, but he's on the bad side of someone who is undoubtedly hell bent on making sure that doesn't happen.