NBA star Russell Westbrook may be disappointed with himself after picking up technical foul #16 on the season. Westbrook may or may not have been aware that he had 15 technical fouls going into the game, putting him at the limit before an automatic missed game penalty kicks in at technical foul #16. Westbrook may have hopes of getting the call that gave him his 16th technical this season rescinded. All three of these things are possible, but Westbrook wouldn’t say. He was asked these three reasonable questions by the media, but the star just as reasonably chose to say “next question” to each. Could #NextQuestion be the new #WhyNot ?
WhyNot, of course, is Westbrook’s inspirational motto and the name of his charitable foundation. Looked at a certain way, “next question” shares some of #WhyNot’s let’s-move-along attitude — let’s keep going, keep pushing through. It has been a thorny few weeks in the combative, blessed-but-complex life of Russell Westbrook, where much of the attention has been off his amazing basketball talents and on his altercation with a now-banned Utah fan. It’s easy to see why Westbrook isn’t in the mood to publicly explore the reasons he got the tech.
Westbrook will be suspended for Monday night’s game as a result of technical foul #16, which will reportedly cost him $245,891, his salary per game. Say that again to yourself — $245,891, his salary per game. Go ahead, everyone else just did.
If you care about Clay Bennett’s money, upside to Russell Westbrook’s pending one game suspension: It’ll cost him $245,891 in salary, and the Thunder will save $522,518 toward the luxury tax. So, $768,409 total in savings.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 17, 2019
Russel Westbrook gets asked about his 16th tech by the media. 3 different question, but every time the same answer from Westbrook. pic.twitter.com/yDz1zuM7Na
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) March 17, 2019