Westbrook vs Rocky!
“Fans now have a villain,” Ty Lawson said.
So it seems, following the bizarre events on Sunday night.
See, SuperMascot Rocky shoots backwards halfcourt shots during a fourth-quarter timeout of every game. If he makes one, fans get free Qdoba queso. It’s perhaps the most-popular during-timeout thing they do at Nugget games.
Well, Rocky’s final attempt appeared to be going in, but the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, walking onto the court, jumped up and blocked/goaltended the shot. The arena erupted in boos and fans continued to boo so every time Westbrook touched the basketball.
So that was bad enough, right?
Rocky returned to midcourt again during the next timeout. And Westbrook, again, caught the shot, this time throwing the ball into the stands. The boos became deafening.
“Russell made a lot of friends here,” Nuggets coach George Karl said sarcastically, following Denver’s 121-118 win. “He’s a feisty guy who likes to create intensity. I like intensity. I’m sure the next time we’ll have some locker room talk.
“I saw him block the shot and then he threw the ball into the crowd. I know in the rule book it says you’re not allowed to throw the ball into the crowd.”
Karl was told it wasn’t the actual game ball, but just one that Rocky was using.
“Well that’s a good question — he did throw a ball into the crowd,” Karl said. “Maybe I can call the league office on that tomorrow, along with 20 other things.”
(Sunday’s game was one filled with many questionable calls from the officials).
Asked about Westbrook, Lawson said, “I thought it was funny, you don’t expect that. Nobody that’s come through the Pepsi Center (has done that). Funny guy, man.”
Westbrook seemed to feed off the boos, first flashing a villainous smile, but then firing a dagger of daggers. With 22.9 seconds left, and the Thunder down three, he unflappably floated an arcing 3-pointer over Wilson Chandler, tying the game. He finished with another monster game against Denver –- 36 points, eight rebounds, nine assists (and seven turnovers).
In last Wednesday’s Thunder blowout of the Nuggets, Westbrook scored 32 points in just 28 minutes. Here’s the lede to my game story:
He’s one of those guys you either hate or you hate. He’s nasty and gnarly, jawing and clawing his way through a game. Russell Westbrook. He’s all grit, they’d say in Oklahoma City, all gall, they’d say in any other city.
But there he was Wednesday, hustling (russelling?) for 28 monster minutes. In the Thunder’s deluge of a win against Denver, 117-97, the point guard scored 32 points with four assists.
Benjamin Hochman/Denver Post
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TY Eddy. :thumb
I'm glad that OK lost that game.
Westbrook is a player I have never liked, even the short time he was at UCLA. Just something about his manner that bends me the wrong way.
Hey I am not a Westbrook fan but that was damn funny, so what Rocky misses and the crowd doesn't get a Burrito he went Rock'n'Roll wrestling on them and gave them a villain.
I was watching and the rest of the game the crowd was even more into it than usual, he may have been paid by the nuggets to do it.
I hope they meet in the playoffs and a rivalry is built around this, people need to realise the mascots etc are all about entertainment and that was more memerable than him making the shot.
I can not stand Westbrook no matter how talented he is but I think in this case he's a hero. No one should be forced to eat burritos or queso or whatever it is they were going to win from an east coast fast food chain. Now if he messes with my Carne Guisada he's in for a world of hurt
Rocky KO'd &Arrested!
Not all Rockys become champion boxers.
During a running feud of several years, the Denver Nuggets mascot, Rocky the Mountain Lion, challenged Charles Barkley to a boxing match, only to get KO'd in the face in 1995.
At Barkley's final NBA game, Rocky was flown out to see the then-Houston Rocket. Barkley offered a friendly handshake before sneaking one final punch.
Off the court, Ken Solomon was arrested in 2001 for first-degree trespassing and harassment resulting from domestic violence.
Christina De Nicola/B/R
Charles Barkley Beatsup Rocky - YouTube
You might hate Westbrook, but that boy plays as hard as he possibly can 100% of the time. More players would be as good as he is if they had the hustle that he has.
Westbrook and Sefolosha?
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