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October 22, 2022 12:05 am

JR dissects the Russell Westbrook fiasco - Why is he so toxic? What are potential landing spots? The debate continues with callers...

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For the ones who get it done. I'm going to be hanging out here with you for the next three hours. Thank you oh so much to our producer for tonight, Jack Stern.

Yeah, Jack's been hanging out yesterday. Tonight he's been doing an amazing job. Well, I hope you're amazing. For the next three hours, I'm going to be amazing. I'm going to have me a damn good time on a Friday night. And I hope you have a damn good time as well. I hope it's safe. A safe damn good time.

OK, listen, I get started 10 p.m. Eastern Time, 7 p.m. Pacific. Thank you to everybody who tuned in and locked in to our number one. We talked about the Christian McCaffrey trait. We spoke to my main man Emory Hunt from CBS Sports HQ. Got an understanding of everything important that we need to know in the world of college football. Right before we went to break, we talked about Elijah Moore. He may have no idea who the hell that is. He's a second year wide receiver for the New York Jets, who isn't happy that he's not being featured for the New York Jets.

And for the first time in God knows how long the New York Jets are actually winning. It's like, what do you want? Yeah, we get it. You want to be paid? You want your targets?

You want your receptions? It's not happening right now. The New York Jets are winning. You want to go somewhere where you can do so? Well, just just pipe down a little bit.

New York Jets said that they will not move Elijah Moore. We talked about that in the first hour and we have oh so much more to get into. Dak Prescott will be back. As we move into another week of the NFL season, we got a lot of teams that are just running around at three and three. It's hard to keep up. What is everybody?

Just an average squad. We're going to talk about tanking. Seems like there might be a Carolina Panthers tanking going on, but they said no.

I'm not going to believe that. So we got a lot to do. If you want to holler at me, you can reach me on the phone lines 855-212-4CBS. That's 855-212-4CBS. You can also contact me. I'm on social media. That is at JR Sport Brief.

So interesting tie-ins here. Christian McCaffrey. He is traded. He goes from Carolina to the 49ers. Meanwhile, you have a lesser player for the New York Jets, Elijah Moore, a second round draft pick. He wants to get moved from the New York Jets. Jets are like, no, we're not moving you. And then in an even grander scale.

Oh my God. Imagine making almost $50 million and not wanting to collect that check for the team that you're on. Imagine being that team and also wanting to give you the boot. But you guys just can't amicably walk away.

It doesn't work that way. I'm talking about Russell Westbrook. Last night in a loss against the Clippers where Russell Westbrook only scored two points.

This man stood in front of the media. He went, I'm going to say this again. He went 0 for 11 and he was asked by a reporter, what does this mean and what's the deal?

And his answer made him sound like he needed to go do comedy. Listen to this from Russell Westbrook. You personally, how would you assess your game tonight? Oh, solid, solid, played hard.

So you can ask for solid. I'm going to say this again. A solid game. Russell Westbrook had two points. He took 11 shots. He missed every single shot. He had four assists and three rebounds. I'm not going to say I can do that by accident because I cannot.

I'm not going to be that much of a jerk. Solid because he tried hard. Listen, Russell Westbrook has hardware in his house. MVP hardware, scoring champ hardware.

This man has it all. He's big time. Does Russell Westbrook need a participation trophy?

Do I need to drop one down to him so he has an understanding of just what competing actually is? Because that's not what he's doing right now. Russell Westbrook has quit. The Lakers have quit on him. Can you blame him?

Someone who's been an MVP, someone who's been almost an All-Star for a decade, someone who's been a scoring champ, someone who has more triple doubles in NBA history, the most triple doubles over Oscar Robertson. What the hell is going on with him? He doesn't want to be in LA.

Los Angeles doesn't want him. And where do they go next? You got LeBron James basically running around throwing his teammates under the bus and that includes Russell Westbrook. We only have to look back to the first game of the season.

The Golden State Warriors are out there collecting their championship rings. The Los Angeles Lakers are in the building and after the loss, LeBron James actually sat in front of the media and he said their team is not constructed of a bunch of great shooters. I think we're getting great looks but it also could be teams giving us great looks. I mean if you be completely honest, we're not a team that's constructed of great shooting.

And that's just the truth of the matter. It's not like we're sitting here with a lot of lasers on our team. But that doesn't deter us from still trying to get great shots and when we get those opportunities, you take them. But we're not sitting here with a bunch of 40 plus career 3-point shooting guys. Ouch. Maybe that's why the following game Russell Westbrook went 0-4-11.

Ouch. You know we got a lot of professional athletes who sit around and talk about, you know, they don't listen, they don't feel, they don't hear. They know exactly what's going on.

They know exactly what's being said. One of the reasons that Russell Westbrook is so combative with the media is because he knows what they say about him. He hears the Westbrook and it's not just in the arena. He hears it from a lot of folks. And this is the absolutely terrible thing about Russell Westbrook.

It's obvious. He does not want to be in Los Angeles. The Lakers do not want him. Is Russell Westbrook at the end of the basketball road? He's making almost $50 million this year.

50. He opted into his deal. Who the hell is going to trade for him? Who's going to bring on Russell Westbrook and just say, Oh my God, we got to have him?

Nobody. Can he still play? I think he can. Is he going to be the best player on the team? No, no, he's not. He never has been. At least on a winning one.

It's not going to change now, is it? Athleticism. Man, that goes away. Even for someone like Russell Westbrook. He's never been the greatest of shooters. We know that. And so this scenario, this situation stinks.

So much so that Russell Westbrook can score only two points and talk to the media and tell everybody, Yeah, I played well. In what universe? In what universe is taking 11 shots and not hitting one? When is that anything?

That's disastrous. Let's see that clip one more time. Russell Westbrook. Is asked by a reporter. You know, hey, what's what's going on? And what do you think about your own performance where you scored zero points from the field?

This is that exchange. Listen, you personally, how would you assess your game tonight? Solid, solid. Played hard, so you can ask for. Hey, hey, Jack, if I don't come to work.

Is it a solid outing? Like, how can I get away with it like him? What do I have to say?

I don't think that's possible, J.R. We're normal people working normal jobs. We're not professional athletes, so we don't get the golden boy treatment, unfortunately. And for Russell Westbrook, I feel like fans should be tired of his sorry act. I mean, he's worn out his welcome everywhere he's been, starting with Oklahoma City, then in Houston. Now with the Lakers, he's underachieving once again. The sad narrative on his career is he's going to be a good, but not a great player.

Right. He's always going to put up twenty five points a game or whatever it may be. But he's always going to be a ball hog who is a me first kind of guy. And I think his legacy is going to be tainted when it's all said and done. We are.

Well, now we. Russell Westbrook is in NBA purgatory right now. He's not wanted by the Los Angeles Lakers. He doesn't want to be on the Lakers.

Think about this. Find me the team. Right now, that Russell Westbrook would be a perfect fit for what team would it be? What does Russell Westbrook do with the rest of his career to not only stay relevant, but to actually fit in, ultimately win a title? If you even go down the list or go down the standings of teams who you feel are legitimate contenders, maybe teams that might just get lucky.

And then there's everybody else. This is tough. The Lakers are going nowhere. Westbrook, his influence isn't enough to take you anywhere. And so now that he continues to move on in his career, I feel bad for him just a little bit.

Sure, he can find his way to to many a team. But to do what? To lose again?

To stink? We're supposed to believe that his athleticism will hold up? If you look through every team in the NBA, it's not that simple. You compete for a championship or you are rebuilding. If you're going for a championship, what is Russell Westbrook going to add to your team? You're going to bring him off the bench so he can pitch a fit. You're going to tell him, go out there and shoot. You don't want that. That's something else that went viral. It's like, hey, Russell Westbrook is out here building houses. This is sad. Because Russell Westbrook is not a scrub.

Maybe now. He wasn't a scrub. He's not a bum. He's one of the greatest and best basketball players of all time. Is Russell Westbrook flawed? Absolutely.

Shot selection, lack of shooting, turnovers, mid range at certain points in time. That's just the start. But if you think about every individual who has ever played in the NBA. We're talking thousands upon thousands upon thousands of players. Russell Westbrook is right there, folks.

You don't have to like it. He is one of the best to ever suit up. And so where the hell can he succeed? Where can Russell Westbrook find success if it's not, not going to be with the Lakers? The answer after looking through every team?

The answer is no. It's almost depressing to think about Russell Westbrook. He's on the decline of his career.

He's going down. If you go ahead and think about the Western Conference. You got the teams who are legitimately competing. And then you have the teams that are just buying time until they can hopefully go out there and get into the library. Excuse me, not the library, but the lottery. Where can Russell Westbrook succeed?

I don't think anywhere right now. LeBron James already backtracking from his statement saying we don't have the shooters. You don't think Westbrook hears that? You don't think he doesn't know that?

This is a disaster. All of a sudden, LeBron James after last night's game. A couple of nights before, LeBron is just like, oh, yeah, it's going to take time.

A couple of nights after, LeBron James was just saying, yeah, I got confidence in my guys. Not all night we played the right way. We played the way we wanted to play. We defended at a high level. We shared the ball offensively. You can't control when the ball goes in and doesn't go in.

So I think we made another step forward today and our development will continue to get better and better as a ball club. Well, thank you, LeBron James, for letting us know what a rebound is. This is not going to end well for the Lakers. Westbrook will move on. And from a Westbrook perspective, what team can he actually succeed on? If you think about current Russell Westbrook and his skill set, where the hell is he going? Carmelo Anthony can still play basketball. You can talk about his defense and what he's done, what he hasn't done. He can still play. He's not on the team.

And we've seen him, quote unquote, become a third and fourth option. You get the ball, you score. You get the ball, you pass it around. You get the ball, hey, you can create, you do it. I don't think Russell Westbrook woke up one day and just got all these powers and ended up this way because he's a good guy.

It don't work that way. This is not a movie. Like I legitimately am worried about what happens with Russell Westbrook when his time with the Los Angeles Lakers is over. What team does he go to? Where can he end up? Where can he have success? He is the bad thing. I think it's nowhere.

It really is. Westbrook is who he is. Are we expecting him to come off of the bench in two years for a championship contender and think that he's just going to put the ball in the basket? He's probably also going to give the ball to the other team. I don't know if he's going to go 0 for 11. That's what he did last night.

I really want to tell you to enjoy every moment and every second of Russell Westbrook. But he's not going anywhere. He's not retiring. He's not leaving.

He just stinks right now. And I don't see a scenario. I don't see a team. I don't see anybody, any place, where Russell Westbrook can go.

And so if ultimately he does get packaged and sent out to Minnesota. We'll be right back. We'll be right back.

Click Granger.com or just stop by. Granger. For the ones who get it done. Healed and everybody else comes out. Not Minnesota, but the Indianapolis Pacers. If he gets traded and moved, he's getting dumped. At this stage of his career, what does Westbrook bring to a team?

I don't think it's worth it right now. I know at one point in time we saw Gary Payton and Karl Malone in Lakers jerseys. Never fit.

Never made sense. We've now seen Russell Westbrook pop up and pop in to a few different jerseys. And I don't think he's done. We know that Russell Westbrook needs to move on from the Los Angeles Lakers. We know that. The question is, where?

I don't think there's a where. I think Russell Westbrook would just end up on the sidelines. He better enjoy this hurrah with the Los Angeles Lakers. This might be the last huge moment, good, bad, positive, negative of his career.

I don't see a damn place where Russell Westbrook can go and have success. It's pretty sad. It's the JR Sport Reshow here with you on CBS Sports Radio. The phone lines are open. 855-212-4CBS.

That's 855-212-4CBS. NBA season isn't even a week old. LeBron is already tearing apart his teammates. Russell Westbrook is already being sarcastic.

And damn it, we know this isn't going to work. Specifically for Westbrook. Where can this man actually finish his career and have some success? I don't see it. He's going to have to change his game. I don't know if he's capable of doing so. Especially for a guy who's not a great shooter. 855-212-4CBS.

That's 855-212-4CBS. Russell Westbrook, we know he has to go. Can he have success anywhere?

It's the JR Sport Reshow, CBS Sports Radio. Imagine being absolutely terrible at your job. And still getting paid handsomely. Well, welcome to the world of Russell Westbrook.

The man is making approximately 50 million dollars this year. And last night, in a loss. The Lakers the home team against the Clippers.

And I don't think this is just a bad game. How about this? Russell Westbrook, former MVP and scoring champ, etc. He only had two points versus the Clippers. He took 11 shots. He missed all of them.

Damn. Isn't all the way to put it. And so after the game, Russell Westbrook was asked via a reporter about his play.

And even how Russell described it was very odd. Listen. Personally, how would you assess your game tonight? Solid.

Solid. Played hard. That's all you can ask for. Play hard. That's all you can ask for.

I think most places want you to play hard and win. Westbrook is funny. He needs to do comedy. He better hope that he can be traded in that he can latch onto a team. Because if he hits the open market in any type of way. A. Who's giving him a long term deal with big cash.

And then B. We know a lot of his success is predicated on the team success. Of the Warriors. I would not go towards Westbrook. At all. Because you have guys who can come off the bench.

They automatically get hot. That's not Russell Westbrook. This man feels that he could still play at an MVP level, but he doesn't.

He can't. And so I really am afraid. This is not me being a jerk.

This is not me being sarcastic. I wouldn't be surprised if he was out of the league. Upon and after being traded.

We can think about someone like Kemba Walker. Goes to a team. They find out he's too small. They cut him. They release him.

He has to figure out what he does with his life. I don't think Russell Westbrook will have those problems. But if you take a look. If you look at the standings. Look at the rosters or the timing of every single team. I'm running away from Russell Westbrook.

What do you say? 8-5-5 2-1-2-4 CBS. That's 8-5-5 2-1-2-4 CBS. Where could Russell Westbrook actually have some success?

I'm not so sure that there is any left for him in the NBA. Sorry. Darrell is calling from Carolina or California. You're on CBS Sports Radio. Hey Darrell.

You're live. How are you man? First time caller. Long time listener.

Thank you. What are your thoughts about him joining his former teammate Kevin Durant with the Brooklyn Nets? You trying to depress Kevin Durant even more, huh? Well I mean he likes to push the ball. You got to give him credit for that.

Maybe he's trying to get his groove back. Maybe Kevin Durant will help him. Well I believe and thank you Darrell for calling from California. I believe the Brooklyn Nets in due time, maybe closer to the deadline, that yeah it would be nice if they were to go out there and make a move but not right now. For what? Their season just started.

And what assets do they have that they're just going to go ahead and send out west? Stan is calling from Chicago. You're on CBS Sports Radio. He's actually your biggest fan Stan.

I have mad love for what you do. I'm saying this not to be mean or cruel. I have respect for his game but if he truly has love for the game, his skillset will be ideal for the Harlem Globetrotters. Ouch. So you think Russell Westbrook is done as an NBA player?

You just said yourself that no one wants to get anywhere near him. He's going to collect his money but if he really wants to play after people push him away with a stick, that may be an option for him. Right. Yep, this is the last year and thank you Stan for calling from Chicago. Now that he's opted in, this is it for Westbrook. He's going to be a free agent at the end of the season. Who wants him?

And for what price? What is he going to have to settle on? And then if Westbrook does go ahead and settle, we know that he's going to have to quote unquote come off of the bench. This man just threw a fit for coming off of the bench in the preseason telling everybody who will listen. Well the reason I messed up my hamstring is because I had to come off the bench. I'm not used to coming off the bench and so I was cold. Stop it.

Excuses. Ray is calling from Indiana. What's up Ray? Hey guys, just wanted to say I love you guys. I love your radio station. I follow you on social media man. You're doing great.

Thank you. Real quick, I wanted to say two things. First of all, the LeBron James situation.

I want to make it quick. Never liked a guy. Thought he was always under Michael Jordan. Everybody wants to say he's a great. He's better than Michael Jordan.

No you're not. Because you want to go to every team and try to make a power team. Phil Jackson did it with what he had. Michael Jordan made it work with what he had, the talent that he had on the courts.

So you're not, people can say all they want about LeBron James and he's better than Michael. No he ain't. Second of all, Russell Westbrook on the other hand, I would like for him, I mean, what do you think JR about him maybe coming to a Midwest team?

Like maybe Chicago, Detroit, you know? To do what? I mean, he is almost, he's like a black hole. He's like the sun. It'd be one thing if Russell Westbrook could shoot and you could keep the offense or excuse me, keep the defense, you know, just honest. That's not what he does.

They're begging him. LeBron James wasn't just, I get it, Kendrick Nunn sucked and Patrick Beverley sucked and LeBron wants to at least maintain a little bit of peace momentarily. What is, what is Russell Westbrook going to do on another team? Like nothing. Anything that he does somewhere else is not going to win them a championship. He's not helping anybody get over the hump. He can go to a bad team and do what? Be miserable? He can go to a good team.

Well, good teams don't need him because they're good already. Christian is calling from Maryland. You're on CBS Sports Radio. Yes. Hello?

Yes. What's on your mind, Christian? Hi.

I'm a first time listener and everything you're saying is very intriguing. I have some disagreements, but that's fine. Russell Westbrook. Remember when the Wizards and he said a few records.

And if he's going to go anywhere, Wizards is going to be his last choice. And you're right. After that again. Yeah.

Why not? I mean, I mean, he commanded the ball. I mean, he he called the play and he did really great that year.

Was that two thousand nineteen? So, so who gets who gets traded then in that case? Oh, well, see, now now you're getting in something different.

See, I don't know. Just just just the fact I understand that part. But I don't want anybody traded from the Wizards.

No, that's my team. OK. You know, and listen, leave, leave, leave well enough alone. I mean, is Bill Beale and Westbrook were together. They kind of hit it off there a little bit.

I mean, he did all the assist points, rebounds and and when he left the Wizards and went to the Lakers, I'm just like, what? OK. Yeah. Well, listen, here's the deal. Here's the deal, Christian.

Thank you for calling up from from Maryland. He's on a he's on the road to nowhere. Like this is what we typically see with, quote unquote, aging stars. Can you help us off the bench? Can you be a coach slash player? That's it.

Really, that's it. Think about Andre Iguodala right now, still playing basketball for the Golden State Warriors. What does he contribute in?

Nothing. Somebody gets hurt, they'll throw him out there. Most games he's sitting on the bench. He's like an extra coach. He ain't doing nothing here in his, quote unquote, older years than we have other players who used to be all stars. You want to move them from controlling the ball at all times to maybe being off the ball. There's more than one way to, quote unquote, skin a cat.

My apologies to my friends at PETA. I don't think there is a way to fit Russell Westbrook onto a team unless you want a guy who's just going to be angry and miserable and lose. 8 5 5 2 1 2 for CBS. That's 8 5 5 2 1 2 for CBS. I'ma get to more of your calls on the other side of the break.

The JR sport re-show on CBS Sports Radio. Right before we went to break, we talked about Russell Westbrook. Had an awful game last night against the Clippers. He only scored two points on 0 of 11 shooting.

He missed every single one of his shots and it's not like he was out there taking threes. Steve Nash is, well not Steve Nash, that's Ben Simmons. I'm mixing up terrible basketball players. In the case of Russell Westbrook, Darvin Ham is already having to kind of give him a pat on the back. LeBron James one night after basically saying that we don't have lasers, we don't have shooters on the team, he's walking that back.

And so Russell Westbrook, who's one of the most athletic dynamic players that the NBA has ever seen. Damn it, he looks like he's going out with a whimper. I don't think he fits in on a good team, a bad team, it's just he's not moving the needle. He's not making a difference for anybody right now. And I think this go around with the Los Angeles Lakers might be the last hurrah. If he wants to win a championship, his game has to change. His attitude has to change.

I don't think any of this is going to change. And then on the bottom teams, teams that are way at the bottom of the rung, the last rung of the ladder, why would they want to bring in a 50 million dollar per year player? To do what? Stink? Put up stats for us to suck? I really am concerned that we've seen just the best of Westbrook.

What's realistic? Where can he actually succeed? The top of the hour, speaking of successes, we're going to talk about some of these disappointing NFL teams, but right now, your calls. James is calling from L.A., you're on CBS Sports Radio. What's up, JR? Great show as always, man.

Greeting to you on this Friday night. I say send him to Portland and let him rot. Oh no. Portland was one of our they gave us the greatest game in Laker history with that game seven in the Western Conference Finals in 2000. OK, I've never seen a greater game than that when we came back from what, 16, 17 down in the fourth quarter where Rashid Wallace was the only thing they had. A once proud franchise has been decimated by injuries and bad decisions, and Dame is the only bright spot that they had. And I say send them up there, let him and Dame score all the points they want because they're never going to get anywhere with that. And that will be just for giving us all this misery and all this, you know. Anywhere fans go to cheer on their team, there are behind the scenes MVPs ensuring everything is game day ready. We see you, Joe. Fixing seats so every fan can enjoy every game.

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Call click Grainger dot com or just stop by Grainger for the ones who get it done. Uncomfortable stuff that he's brought to the Laker nation, send it to Portland and let him rot. A once proud franchise, take a once proud player and let both of them rot. Well, we get it. James, he wants someone to rot.

He wants them to feel the pain. I'm like, oh damn, relax a little bit. Nick is calling up from Reno. You're on the JR Sport Reshow. What's up, Nick? JR, what's up, man?

What's on your mind? Yeah, I think that last guy, I didn't want to harp on my boy Rush, but there's two hilarious things coming up on your show tonight. One is, you know, Russ with that comment. That's funny after the game.

You know, a translation on that is, you know, I'm making a lot of money. Get the mic out of my face. Number two is the Carolina Panthers, they're not in rebuild mode. Funny, JR. Well, Nick, Nick, we talked about the Panthers and the Niners. We're going to talk more about the comments made by the Panthers later on in the show about their rebuild. I really want to know right now, flat and simple, Russell Westbrook is here.

Right. What does the future of his career look like? Does he have one? OK, JR. Yeah, I think the question is, is he going to play for $10 million bucks next year? That's a question because who's going to pick him up? He ain't going to play for 50. We know that. Right. And so the question is, is will he play for less? And if he will, you know, it's OK. I mean, I'll throw one out, maybe Dallas.

You can put him in with Luca or something like that, but he's got to pay for way less. Yeah. And I think that's it, JR. You have a great evening, Buck.

Well, thank you, Nick, for calling from Reno. I think outside of Westbrook playing for way less, this is the biggest part of it. He has to adjust. That's it. He has to adjust his style of basketball. He's not going to be the leader on a championship team. The days are over.

It really was never there. Even if he was going to play a Robin. We can throw that out the window.

When you have a older veteran player who's so accomplished, it's unfortunately best at some points just to leave him home. CJ calling from Chicago, you're on the JR Sport Brief show. JR, first time caller, a longtime listener. I'm just calling. I got two points I'm going to make. I'm going to hang up.

I'm going to listen to your reply after that. My first one, I don't know some of these guys you guys are bringing on here. I almost crashed my car at the guy that suggested Russell Westbrook on the Chicago Bulls. And he's from Chicago. I don't know if he's watching the game, putting a guy like that alongside Levine and Bebo. Man, there'd be no spacing on that team with a guy just shooting up bricks like that. We're going to have Kobe White. He can't make shots. Why would we bring that guy into Chicago?

That's my first point. My second point, Russell Westbrook's career, I don't think would be over necessarily. I think that we're all really ruling out the fact that there's two joke franchises in the NBA that would love to have him to put butts in seats. One of them is the Sacramento Kings. The other one's going to be the New York Knicks. Because James Dolan doesn't really care about whatever crappy products he's put on the floor the last 20 years.

It's all about just putting butts in seats. OK. Well, thank you so much, CJ, for calling from Chicago. I don't even think New York Knicks fans at this point in time would want Russell Westbrook. Not at all. I think they don't.

R.J. Barrett just got a contract extension. I know Knicks fans at points can be very wild. Not in this space. I don't think they want Westbrook.

I don't see any team running around saying, oh, man, I'd love to have Russell Westbrook. No. Dan is calling from Virginia. Go ahead, Dan. Hey, JR. Love your show. Love your show, man.

Thanks. I think the way for him to revamp his career, he might have to go the Stephon Marbury route and head over to China and become a new legend over there with some champions over there at the CBA. You're just trying to get Clave right out of the country, huh?

No, not out of the country. I just think he might need to change the series. He'd go there, he would be the man. And the Stephon Marbury did it and he was almost like Jordan over there for them.

Stephon Marbury has a statue. I don't know if Russell Westbrook wants to go that same route. Yeah, I agree. I agree.

But I just thought he could revamp because I don't see where he can go here. I just don't see it. Whenever he's done with the Lakers, you think Westbrook's career is done. In the NBA.

Done? Yeah. I just think playing with LeBron is the worst thing for him. I don't think that was a good thing for him. I think they made a big mistake. I think LeBron miscalculated everything and I think it's tainted him and I don't know what he can do to bounce back.

That's why I was like, you might have to change the whole scenery. Over the past few years, it's like Westbrook's career has been treading water. He hasn't been out there competing for championships.

He's been racking up stats and numbers and triple doubles and that's all great and fine. The closest he's been to a championship was as a young player. Let's recall it was him and James Harden and Durant.

They went to the finals and they took on the Heat and they lost. That's pretty much the peak of what we saw there and at that point I thought that they were too young. You think about that, that combination of players is absolutely ridiculous. Westbrook has talent even as he gets older. Is he the same player? No, he's not.

Not exactly. Athleticism does not last forever and he's still one of the most athletic guys in the league. But how he fits in, that's the question. How much he's willing to concede, that's the question. You can't just go out there and do things your way because you used to have success.

You're not the same guy. You have to make adjustments or you will no longer have a career. And I think that is a real possibility for Russell Westbrook. It's a hard knock life.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. He is very accomplished. It's a tough one. It's the JR Sport Reshow here with you on CBS Sports Radio.

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