Skip Bayless rips Russell Westbrook for shooting too much and denying opportunities to Kevin Durant. Kevin Durant thinks Bayless is “just a funny character” and his logic, in this instance, is asinine.
Durant disagrees with the notion he should be shooting more.
“We’re worse when I take more shots,” Durant said. “Like I said, that guy doesn’t know a thing. I don’t think he watches us. I think he just looks at the stats. And traditionally, a point guard is not supposed to take more shots than everybody else on the team. But we’re better when he does do that and he’s aggressive. And I’m better when I’m out there facilitating, rebounding, defending and being more efficient on my shots with less shots.”
He finds Bayless’ Westbrook obsession “sickening.”
“I’ll stick up for all my guys, especially against a guy that I have never seen at an NBA game before. It just starts to get sickening when you hear somebody talk about your teammate like that almost every day. So I’ll stick up for him every single day.”
Durant is averaging 27.5 points, shooting 50.2 percent from the field on 19.5 shot attempts, though Westbrook has been nearly as efficient this season, averaging 24.5 points, shooting 47.4 percent on 19.3 shot attempts. As Thunder Rumblings points out, “the Thunder is 20-4 when Westbrook takes more shots than Durant, and Oklahoma City has won by an average margin of 12.4 points in those victories.” But, why let stats and credibility be a hurdle for the big, wildly important goal?
[HT to @richarddeitsch, Photo via Intern Mike]