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Liberty Links: There is a middle ground for Russell Westbrook discussion

April 20th, 2017 at 8:03 AM
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Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook put up another 50+ point triple-double last night, in case you were under a rock and didn’t hear about it. People to seem to be upset about Westbrook TAKES for a number of reasons, so let’s chat about it before we get to today’s links and Sixers content.

A brief word on Russell Westbrook

The MVP debate is something I’ve mostly stayed away from because the factions in the battle are all convinced of their superiority. There’s very little rational discussion, or even progression past the almighty triple-double or the win/loss columns.

The same polarization applies to Westbrook’s season in general, aside from the merits of his MVP case. Depending on who you ask, he is a one-man demolition crew with not a soul to help him or a selfish chucker whose self-obsession is self-destructive.

I think the answer rests somewhere in the middle. Sure, isn’t exactly running with the ’96 Bulls, and the pieces around him are all fitting to boot. The Thunder need to surround a whirlwind like Westbrook with shooters, and a lot of their key rotation cogs can effectively be ignored on the perimeter. Jerami Grant is a wonderful human being that some of you probably root for from afar, but if he’s getting …

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