Russell Westbrook's LAST DAYS As NBA Superstar

  • Published: 30 April 2019
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    Ever since the Damian Lillard game winner eliminated OKC, an old video of mine that I did last year is again starting to get some views.
    The scary thing is that not only this video is 100% valid a season later, but the situation is much worse today for Russell Westbrook.
    But I feel like him getting completely exposed in the playoffs and the entire basketball media turning on him could actually save his career. Otherwise, we could very well be seeing Russell Westbrook’s last days as an NBA superstar.
    It’s a little crazy theory but let me explain. What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
    Westbrook shot an abysmal 36% from the field in the 5 games against the Blazers.
    Things got so bad that there have been reports that the Portland coaches told the players to always back away and let Russell shoot.
    He was jacking up almost 7 threes per game on 32 and a half percent which is bad by itself but funny enough it’s actually an improvement over his regular season shooting from downtown ranking dead last among players with over 5 attempts per game.
    That tells us 2 things right off the bat.
    1 is that if you take away his drivers to the basket, Westbrook’s jumpshot has always been very unreliable, but 2 and more important, his decision making extremely bad.
    Firing up threes, when you know you’re a bad outside shooter, and especially repeatedly doing it in close games is both a bad decision, but also frustrating for the entire team.
    And that takes us to the notorious attitude of Russell.
    As he would say himself Westbrook hasn’t changed 1 bit since entering the league.
    That includes all of the off court drama with the media and the infamous next question,
    but especially his insisting of doing things his way on the court.
    And Russell is covering a lot of that by his flashiness and all the triple doubles- which although I expose in my previous video, and explain how he gets some of them, is still an extraordinary achievement.
    However, he could only cover all of that for so long. And now everything is clear. Here are a few facts for you.
    He hasn’t gotten out of the first round ever since KD left.
    In 2017 the MVP Westbrook lost 4-1 to the Rockets, and this is before CP3.
    Last year the big three of him PG and Melo lost to a rookie Donovan Mitchell, which leads us to this year’s debacle that we all witnessed.
    Next, if you take a look at how he actually gets his points, you’ll see that it’s all based on his athletic ability. He has no reliable jump shot and no footwork whatsoever. Have you seen him how he actually maneuvers on the court? He’s extremely raw.
    So what happens when his athleticism starts to decline.
    He’ll be 31 at the beginning of next season, how long do you think he’ll be able to run faster and jump higher than everybody?
    Russell needs to develop a strategic approach to his game, needs a reliable go to move, and an attitude change.
    And while all of this together seems like mission impossible at the moment, this is exactly the reason why I believe that this beatdown from the Blazers is actually a good thing for him and could save his career.
    Why? Because it’s a great wake up call.
    The way the entire basketball world quickly turned against him both because of his game, and because of his ego, I feel like makes this lowest point of Westbrook’s career probably.
    And ironically this is the exact same position that his opponents were last year.
    After getting the third seed and then completely dominated in the first round, the Blazers were getting ridiculed by some, and advised to blow the team up by others.
    A lot of people thought that the entire team would crumble and not be able to recover from that devastating blow.
    But instead, how did they respond? By improving the record in the season, getting the 3rd seed once again, in the killer western conference, and absolutely dominating the first round matchup.
    And for a fierce competitor like Russell Westbrook, to be in the same exact situation, with his back against the wall, I expect him to bounce back and respond and protect his legacy.
    The clock is ticking for Russell Westbrook and the 2 ways that this can go are very clear
    Either he completely changes his approach to the game or he starts looking like Iverson once he began to lose his speed
    And I grew up with the answer, he is one of my top 5 favorite players all time.
    But it really looked ugly how he bounced from Detroit, to Memphis, all the way back to the sixers before ending his career in Turkey.
    And we don’t even need to go that far back, just take a look at how things quickly changed for Carmelo Anthony, going from the franchise player all the way to being out of the league in just 2 seasons.
    The danger is real for Westbrook, but at the same time, he is real dangerous as well, now more than ever.
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Comments • 1 568

  • J.R.Z
    J.R.Z  4 days back

    Anyone here after he got traded?

    • Alexander Schlosser
      Alexander Schlosser  6 days back

      Whoa here after he got traded to the rockets

      • Arthur Villareal
        Arthur Villareal  7 days back

        okc: next chapter

        • Jonharvey La Viña
          Jonharvey La Viña  1 weeks back

          Who the fuck! Are you to tell that westbrook is not a superstar anymore?? Fuck off

          • maxthereof
            maxthereof  1 weeks back

            Nobody mentions Billy Donavan's decision making..

            • jizzy t
              jizzy t  1 weeks back

              Westbrook is inefficient as playing in league of legends i have noticed that you need to know thats stats isnt that much and in order to be efficient you need to at least know that sometimes helping teamates isnt needed like getting a rebound sometimes is not needed cause you got steven adams for that which could be better choice so he can sprint to other side of court for possible fastbreak

              • trebledc
                trebledc  1 weeks back

                Wait wait when did russell became a superstar ?

                • Tristan Wright
                  Tristan Wright  1 weeks back

                  The relevance after his trade....u did it again bruh

                  • Levani Iashvili
                    Levani Iashvili  2 weeks back

                    Heat check you're right but Westbrook is a fool , he won't change anything in his game

                    • Mikey Robinson
                      Mikey Robinson  2 weeks back

                      Westbrook values triple doubles over playoff wins.

                      • evan walden.
                        evan walden.  2 weeks back

                        yup because paul george gone

                        • Lebron James3
                          Lebron James3  3 weeks back

                          Great videos sir👏👏✋✌✌

                          • Jeffrey Xu
                            Jeffrey Xu  3 weeks back

                            OKC fans: WeStBrOok Is ShArInG tHe BaLl, So ThAt MeAnS that we're winning

                            • Dirty Dan
                              Dirty Dan  4 weeks back

                              He's too damn stubborn. Dissapointing

                              • Tupac Shakur
                                Tupac Shakur  4 weeks back

                                Strengths: Holding the ball
                                Stealing rebounds
                                Making bad shots

                                • Carmelo Westbrook
                                  Carmelo Westbrook  4 weeks back

                                  Damn the hate is real and take yo bitch ass back to yo own country u illiterate ass bitch😏

                                  • Jasper Pagulayan
                                    Jasper Pagulayan  4 weeks back

                                    All of you are just Westbrook haters.
                                    Tell me what it's like to be in the NBA?
                                    What do know?

                                    • Rage Cortez
                                      Rage Cortez  4 weeks back

                                      Dude never listen to anyone

                                      • Jordan Gouri
                                        Jordan Gouri  4 weeks back


                                        • Josef Songcuya
                                          Josef Songcuya  4 weeks back

                                          He aint gonna get rings until he retires...imo..jus sayin..

                                          • John Markz
                                            John Markz  4 weeks back

                                            Westbrook a very selfish player in nba.. most of the time..

                                            • Danny Foo
                                              Danny Foo  4 weeks back

                                              Next question...

                                              • Vowa
                                                Vowa  4 weeks back

                                                I think Russ needs change of scenery, a good trade might save his legacy, Different coach, different mentor, different team. He's trying to do too much for his team, well I think that's his prob. He's more of a supporting Star/Sidekick.

                                                • Thelostzip
                                                  Thelostzip  6 days back

                                                  Now he has a chance to do that

                                              • eric brown
                                                eric brown  4 weeks back

                                                My mans has one bad year everyone thinks he's trash

                                                • kratos
                                                  kratos  4 weeks back

                                                  well at least he is consistent on getting knock off in the 1st round of the playoffs

                                                  • Shane Curry
                                                    Shane Curry  4 weeks back

                                                    He needs to play Like todayRose all skills no more athleticsm

                                                    • Albert Kpakio
                                                      Albert Kpakio  4 weeks back

                                                      He still is a superstar 🤦🏾‍♂️

                                                      • A B
                                                        A B  4 weeks back

                                                        I would agree with you that Westbrooks ambitious character carries him to the next level BUT since KD left and then Harden also waved Good Bye Westbrook has never made it out of the first round of the POs...WHAT??!??!!!
                                                        So is this really the first wakeup call?! And has he not overheard the ones before telling the whole world but foremost himself he knows what he is capable of and therefore does not need to change or adapt. Good luck OKC!

                                                        • Kyle Braithwaite
                                                          Kyle Braithwaite  4 weeks back

                                                          When are the thunder going to trade him?

                                                          • Nico Baco
                                                            Nico Baco  4 weeks back

                                                            thats why russel wont get a ring

                                                            • Critical Criticism
                                                              Critical Criticism  4 weeks back

                                                              Westbrick can't win any title also Hardnened brain hahahha

                                                              • Laurice Thompson
                                                                Laurice Thompson  4 weeks back

                                                                Yall just haters

                                                                • Kris May
                                                                  Kris May  4 weeks back

                                                                  RIP Paul George. He's stuck with Westbroock for the remainder of his contract.

                                                                  • SuperReyand
                                                                    SuperReyand  4 weeks back

                                                                    Not only i lost any respect of Westbrook, i really think Adams is such a weak MF allowing RW to steal every gd rebound.

                                                                    • gerlie torejo
                                                                      gerlie torejo  4 weeks back

                                                                      He's just a mess..not a championship type of player..dammed !

                                                                      • NeverNotBallin ́
                                                                        NeverNotBallin ́  4 weeks back

                                                                        Like I said two years ago, Westbrook's biggest enemy is Westbrook. This whole stats driven time we live in is ruining players. Better stats mean more cash but it doesn't mean that this wins games.

                                                                        • The EgoMan
                                                                          The EgoMan  4 weeks back

                                                                          He still salty about kd leaving...

                                                                          • Stephen Cheney
                                                                            Stephen Cheney  4 weeks back

                                                                            He and Derrick Rose are going to be the only MVP's to not make the Hall of Fame.

                                                                            • chris george
                                                                              chris george  1 months back

                                                                              The slow mo rebounds in the beggining are westbrooks boards. If you think adams should get the board and then give it to Westbrook your an idiot. So dont show these slow mos thinking they were biased boards. Westbrook gets the board and runs the break you fool.

                                                                              • Mobillion Black
                                                                                Mobillion Black  1 months back

                                                                                He will never add anything to his game....

                                                                                • linkxp notfromhyrule
                                                                                  linkxp notfromhyrule  1 months back

                                                                                  I LOVE THIS VIDEO

                                                                                  • Jose Florentino
                                                                                    Jose Florentino  1 months back

                                                                                    Westbrook is a surprising person let see if he can really become a shooter as he said

                                                                                    • AnimeAndAthletics
                                                                                      AnimeAndAthletics  1 months back

                                                                                      Stephan do you have any highlights of yourself hooping. You seem like you have great IQ. It would be cool to see you hoop!

                                                                                      • Khonz
                                                                                        Khonz  1 months back

                                                                                        The problem with Westbrook is that he has a poor IQ

                                                                                        • Benjamin Correa jr
                                                                                          Benjamin Correa jr  1 months back

                                                                                          Faget ass 😂😂😂 you clearly clout chasing 🤡 😂😂😂 bruh kd out the league is going back to two superstar teams can make it to the finals. Ex: Toronto

                                                                                          • Juhanjames Dacuba
                                                                                            Juhanjames Dacuba  1 months back


                                                                                            • A FACE FOR RADIO
                                                                                              A FACE FOR RADIO  1 months back

                                                                                              Russell’s athleticism is his saving grace, he actually SUCKS overall.

                                                                                              • Conlan Edwards
                                                                                                Conlan Edwards  1 months back

                                                                                                hey consider being a little less bias in ur vids. This is coming from a raps fan not an okc fan, but even I can see u play with words to make his downfalls seem more extreme. If you want more likes on your videos make them from a neutral perspective.