Russell Westbrook told a group of reporters on Wednesday that he doesn’t watch film. In fact, the Oklahoma City Thunder star seemed to revel in the fact that he doesn’t and just kind of wings it when he hits the court.
Russell Westbrook on why he doesn’t watch film: “My job is to worry about what I’m able to do. Hopefully, they can stop that.” pic.twitter.com/569JWUr1S3
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) November 16, 2016
Westbrook’s quote about why he doesn’t watch film was supremely arrogant:
“I don’t worry about other people. My job is to worry about what I’m able to do, and hopefully they can stop that…I don’t really pay too much attention to the game. Personnel-wise I’m able to kind of pick up things very quickly throughout the game.”
Wow, that is some serious hubris. Westbrook also claimed that instead of watching film he likes to play poker or spades on his phone and listen to music.
Look, Westbrook has been ridiculous this season. He’s averaging 32.0 points, 9.9 assists and 9.7 rebounds per game and his PER of 31.63 ranks third in the NBA. Imagine what he could do if he was actually prepared for what opponents would throw at him defensively.
Seriously though, not watching film or studying your craft at all when you’re at the highest level of a sport? That’s absurd and incredibly cocky and shows a lack of dedication. No one plays harder than Westbrook on the floor, but maybe he should start putting in that same effort off of it.