Russell Westbrook can’t be your No. 1 option for a championship team - Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith argues that despite Russell Westbrook’s great talent, he is incapable of leading a team to an NBA Championship as the No. 1 option and will take the blame if the Oklahoma City Thunder get eliminated in the 1st round.
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  1. Gordon Collins

    Gordon Collins

    22 dias atrás

    I dunno about you guys, but, mvp year Derrick rose is more athletic than Westbrook was in his MVP season, at least imo.

  2. antione english

    antione english

    24 dias atrás

    I mean everything you gusy say is on point.. but again one went to a super star club and the other well ya know.... lol thats not fair so letsnjust keep at 3 1st round exits

  3. Eddie Bitar

    Eddie Bitar

    24 dias atrás

    Thunders problem is obvious. A championship team defensively, but only have 2 star players and ONE scorer. Russ has been atrocious shooting the ball, and PG is prone to off nights. Always a recipe for first round exit no matter the talent

  4. UeProductionz


    24 dias atrás

    I think Will Cain needs to replace Molly as the host. You lose some eye candy but the quality is just so much better. Kinda reminds me of First Take back when it was Skip, Stephen A and Jay Crawford.

  5. countryboy


    25 dias atrás

    All of sudden it’s all Westbrook’s fault that KD left now huh. Right Westbrook blew that 3-1 lead, fantastic...

  6. countryboy


    25 dias atrás

    Get him a fucking coach that will contain him and not do iso plays down the stretch for 48 minutes.

  7. Yobadd Yobadd

    Yobadd Yobadd

    25 dias atrás

    Russell needs to learn how to play team ball. He and the coaches gotta know that they need to change up things to play to win.

  8. King


    25 dias atrás

    I’ve been saying this since Harden left OKC Westbrook isn’t someone you want to play with(even though KD put up with him until couple season ago). He looks good stats wise but if you avg triple double for 2 or 3seasons and can’t pass the first round it honestly doesn’t matter

  9. stikmoney __84

    stikmoney __84

    25 dias atrás

    How about bad coaching

  10. Joshua Makshofi

    Joshua Makshofi

    25 dias atrás

    Imagine choosing Westbrook over Harden and/or Durant.

  11. Aditya Rao

    Aditya Rao

    26 dias atrás

    I feel like Russ has 2 outfits every postgame, one for when he wins and one for when loses.

  12. Captain Obvious

    Captain Obvious

    26 dias atrás

    Lebron: Do you want join me in LA? Westbrook: Next question. Lebron: I'm not talking to you Westbrick. PG? Paul George: Hell yea. Should have went there last year.

  13. Kurdt Kobain

    Kurdt Kobain

    26 dias atrás

    Here's what I think about Westbrook, His ego is the problem and why hell never win. His ego makes it to where if a teammate succeeds on the court without him being directly responsible for that success it kills him. If someone is able to create their own shot and don't need a set up from RW he goes crazy, and that's when he starts playing with no bball IQ. If someone on the other team goes down and pulls up from three and nails it RW for some reason will bring the ball up court ,doesn't survey the court, doesn't run a play, dosent call for a pick, nothing he just wants to match the 3pter so he Jack's up a contested shot from 35ft away. Even if it's his own teammate that catches fire and is killing it instead of feeding them the ball untill they cool off or the defense does something to slow them down Russ feels the need to show his worth and starts forcing his own number, jacking up 3s, dribbles the ball way to long wirh out a pass, he will drive uncontrollably to the rim with 2shot blockers near and if he does actually give the ball up at that moment it's usally s forced pass that results in a turnover, it's just selfish selfish basketball and all because he can't stand not being the guy who is MVP for the team every game. He hates having to have a teammate to run with him that can actually help him win, he wants to win but only if he is the one winning. There can be no doubt that he is the reason they won. If they lose well he has his stats padded like a insane asylums walls, that way he can look at his numbers and his ego is ok because it wasn't his fault they lost. He had a triple double with bunch of points assist rebounds he even had 4 steals, but he shot 7-32, had 12 turnovers, lapses on defense on a Few plays and got a technical foul giving up more free points.. tis is just what I get from RW and why I don't really care for him and don't think he's ever gonna get a chip, hell he will be lucky to make the conference finals again... Once again JMO

  14. Antwon Dorsett 980i9

    Antwon Dorsett 980i9

    26 dias atrás

    Best playoffs in a while every match up is crazy

  15. Kurdt Kobain

    Kurdt Kobain

    26 dias atrás

    Good luck getting Westbrook to be anything other than the 1st option. Westbrook wants to be option 1 and option 1b, maybe every few games PG can be the 2nd option but he better score all his points while Russ is on the bench

  16. D-G


    26 dias atrás

    In reality, Westbrook cant even be a 2nd option. He needs to be more like a 3rd. He's bad help. Look at past playoff series when KD was there. Westbrook was trash. This year is nothing new. Hes also why you can't totally blame KD for losing like he did in OKC. Superstars can't win alone and Westbrook sure aint that guy to help.

  17. James George

    James George

    26 dias atrás

    Its the reason why KD left..Westbrook wants to be the guy..and KD doesnt like that, coz he knew hes capable of in clutch time..

  18. Alberto L

    Alberto L

    26 dias atrás

    Max Kellerman is always stating the obvious. If Westbrook hits shots? No shit sherlock.

  19. Danilo Painter

    Danilo Painter

    26 dias atrás

    Russell "First Round Exit" Westbrook. And along so is Paul "First Round Exit" George. LMAO!!! It will be the narrative for Paul George till his contract expires. Then Paul will want to sign with the Lakers. NAH! No thanks, George. Stay with Russ.

  20. Marc V

    Marc V

    26 dias atrás

    I feel bad for Russ

  21. Dre Wright

    Dre Wright

    26 dias atrás

    If Russle Westbrook didn't have a bad attitude and being so stuck up he probably would've past the first round. I wonder how his teammates think of him as a leader.

  22. Andrew Palmer

    Andrew Palmer

    26 dias atrás

    Did yall watch the game they ledt him open abd just hedged the paint... Russ for all your fans listen to coaching man theyre leaving you open man and youre still not hitting be a point guard and think

  23. Ennis Cool

    Ennis Cool

    26 dias atrás

    A player with low EQ like Westbrook will never lead a team to championship. All champ team leaders, ig MJ, Kobe, Duncan, LeBron and Curry, all very humbled, sophisticated and mature guys. Westbrook is a joke.

  24. Martin Da GOAT

    Martin Da GOAT

    26 dias atrás

    I love this new mediator

  25. Endule


    26 dias atrás

    And this is why Steph Curry > Westbrook

  26. Tehui1974


    26 dias atrás

    The problem with Westbrook is that when he misses, he just keeps on shooting. Pass the f* ball.

  27. Peter Pitaluga

    Peter Pitaluga

    26 dias atrás

    Russell Westbrook suck saw his attitude w.a.s.p

  28. Anandhu R Krishnan

    Anandhu R Krishnan

    26 dias atrás

    with russ okc nvr gonna lay banner

  29. Ivan Dizon

    Ivan Dizon

    26 dias atrás

    Westbrook need 2 new young players on his side in caliber of jason kidd and shaq o neal.

  30. Tim Warren

    Tim Warren

    26 dias atrás

    OKC made a HUGE mistake when they decided to give Westbrook that contract!! He’s definitely over paid for his play, and will never get OKC any championships... NEXT QUESTION

  31. Mang ng

    Mang ng

    26 dias atrás

    westbrook trying to prove he's a better than Dame, Dame tryna win games.

  32. LoneWolfAlpha


    26 dias atrás

    11/31 Westbrick sucks ass

  33. Jeremy Thompson

    Jeremy Thompson

    26 dias atrás

    Thank god that molly skank isn’t on

  34. Game Boy

    Game Boy

    26 dias atrás

    Russell Westbrook is one of the best to ever do it a lot of great player don't have a championship ring to their name FUCK a ring GREAT TEAM PLAY WIN RINGS Legacy to me is the players own individual stats

    • phoenixmagi2


      26 dias atrás

      Well you're an idiot

  35. xFlow777


    26 dias atrás

    Westbrook sucks ass, it's time to look the truth in the eye

  36. Andrew Torrenzi

    Andrew Torrenzi

    26 dias atrás

    Releasing Billy Donovan can help too just saying

  37. Jonathan Monami

    Jonathan Monami

    26 dias atrás

    MAX: You can't say Russell Westbrook shoulders all the blame when Paul George's shoulders have resulted into him not hitting shots Me: LMAO

  38. Dennis Rodriguez

    Dennis Rodriguez

    26 dias atrás

    Westbrook choked like a mother fucker

  39. Abhimanyu Yadav

    Abhimanyu Yadav

    26 dias atrás

    00:13 how quickly they forget Drose!

  40. TheManFromSaipan


    26 dias atrás

    Hey at least Molly isn't in this segment

  41. Zeafer Jones

    Zeafer Jones

    26 dias atrás

    Other than Westbrook I believe the reason why OKC struggles is that they don't play Ferguson nearly enough.

  42. Landon Wherry

    Landon Wherry

    26 dias atrás

    Will is so much better than Molly

  43. spongeaang98


    26 dias atrás

    I made the mistake of considering Russell Westbrook an elite level player two years ago. I will never make that mistake again. I'm done with him. Elite level players don't just play well, they make everyone else play well for themselves, not just one person. Elite level players also will do what is needed to win, deferring to others if he doesn't have it rather than play hero ball to do it all himself. Westbrook doesn't do either of those things, and he seems incapable or uninterested in changing up his playstyle. The Thunder have surrounded him with three MVP caliber players and he's done NOTHING with them. He's clearly dragging down the team and he won't be elite until he fixes any of this.

  44. Kha'len McCoy

    Kha'len McCoy

    26 dias atrás

    Paul George said they can come back from a 3-1 lead 😂😂

  45. Connor Hine

    Connor Hine

    26 dias atrás

    If the Thunder traded Westbrook what do you think they could get?



    26 dias atrás

    He can't even be #2. Honestly, #3 either. He can be 2 or 3 on an elite team possibly, but they won't win when it comes down to it.

  47. SpartanK07


    26 dias atrás

    Thunder need to feature Adams ! Dude should be 20-20 each game

  48. SpartanK07


    26 dias atrás

    Africa isn't a country

  49. Todd Sands

    Todd Sands

    26 dias atrás

    We might as well talk about this now. OKC is going down.

  50. hello hello

    hello hello

    26 dias atrás

    Westbrook's all over trending right now

  51. Meme Meme

    Meme Meme

    26 dias atrás

    Y’all all haters

  52. Isaiah Patterson

    Isaiah Patterson

    26 dias atrás

    Max stfu. Ohh if harden hits shots the rockets will go undefeated if westbrook hits shots he would be the best player in the league. Stop with that shit. They are both mvps they both need to step up when it matters

  53. Jamal Husbands

    Jamal Husbands

    26 dias atrás

    Westbrook need to play shooting gaurd.

  54. gor9027


    26 dias atrás

    Winning that MVP was the worst thing to happen to Westbrook professionally. It validated his stat stuffing, reckless style of play, and poor decision making and he continues to play this way and thus the Thunder keep getting severely exposed in the playoffs.

  55. Bubbles


    26 dias atrás

    as much as i dont like Will Cain, i must say, he is really damn good at moderating. Enjoyable to watch tbh

  56. def miaden

    def miaden

    26 dias atrás

    He's a joke

  57. Cow Crow

    Cow Crow

    26 dias atrás

    Westbrook has too big an ego. Durant was drowning in its shadow.

  58. Jaylin Dansby

    Jaylin Dansby

    26 dias atrás

    Billy Donovan : Can I coach now ? Westbrook : Next Question

  59. Eli Savala

    Eli Savala

    26 dias atrás

    Billy Donavan needs a lot more blame he is an idiot

  60. 150 Roc Block

    150 Roc Block

    26 dias atrás

    All facts, salty fans will disagree but Russ isn’t a go to player 🤷🏽‍♂️

  61. JustGoodNetwork


    26 dias atrás

    why do yall keep hating on westbrook most players dont have a ring

    • Ghost777


      25 dias atrás

      JustGoodNetwork it’s not just one bad series second time 1st round exit cared to ask why people are hating on Westbrook so I gave you a an answer you knob head .

    • JustGoodNetwork


      25 dias atrás

      +Ghost777 who cared one bad series

    • Ghost777


      26 dias atrás

      JustGoodNetwork did u see the way he was shooting ? 11/31 another 1st ROUND EXIT he can’t even get pass the first hurdle .

  62. snunja hockey

    snunja hockey

    26 dias atrás

    Westbrook has zero basketball IQ...that's why he will never win. He can rack up triple doubles...but his dumbass cant spell triple or double.

  63. Doynavon Keith

    Doynavon Keith

    26 dias atrás

    I’ve been saying this forever and people just think I’m hating on Russ.

  64. King T

    King T

    26 dias atrás

    Yo his team is ass all they got is PG man



    26 dias atrás

    I really don’t think he can play another way, he’s gonna hog the ball get stats and then be like “we lost” I love him as a player just wish he could learn to play with his WHOLE team

  66. Storm


    26 dias atrás

    Oklahoma needs to think about trading Westbrook. I know people may say but he averages triple doubles but he sucks at scoring and even if he’s open he’ll brick it. That mvp they gave him was out of feeling sorry for him.

  67. Samuel Steinman-Friedman

    Samuel Steinman-Friedman

    26 dias atrás

    What is it with Max and saying if only superstar X makes shots that team can win. Seriously that needs to be filed under the "duh category." Huh who would have known if a team (and player) plays well, then they can win. Honestly, how does he keep getting away with saying the most obvious things.

  68. JDwJC11


    26 dias atrás

    I don't blame Paul George for his "next question" answer. He didn't want to open up a can of worms addressing the end of the game dunk. Obviously, he dunked out of excitement. I don't like people suggesting that his response was due to Westbrook's influence. I'm not a Thunder fan btw.... just an objective take.

  69. Br0DiE.SzN.


    26 dias atrás

    Russ is my favorite player but he needs to stop shooting man

  70. Fan Person

    Fan Person

    26 dias atrás

    And I thought KD was a snake. He was just tryna get out before it was too late

  71. Fan Person

    Fan Person

    26 dias atrás

    Westbrook isn’t bad... it’s just the thunder won’t win a championship with him as their point guard let alone reach the second round

  72. John Sim

    John Sim

    26 dias atrás

    Thats why basketball iq and shooting ability is more important than pure athletisism. Guys like Nash, Curry, Kid, Stockon prove it.

  73. jb


    26 dias atrás

    For starters, Paul George HAS EVOLVED into the #1 scoring option on the team. U gotta give Russ PROPS for taking the foot off the gas a bit scoring wise. And let PG evolve into that. So OKC has two alpha dog caliber scoring options now in PG and Russ. From there with the evolution of PG's game, u could MAKE THE CASE PG is the best player on OKC. Once he upped the ante scoring, u can make that case. So OKC has two of the top 10 players in the world on that squad. So AS OF NOW, Russ isn't the #1 scoring option. ARGUABLY isn't the best player on the team anymore. So the MAIN QUESTION is can OKC win with Russ as the PRIMARY FACILIATATOR!!! Maybe u need a big PG who can defend SG's and let Russ slide to the SG spot. Or u need a point forward type to be the primary facilitator. Larry Brown moved AI to SG back in the day BECAUSE what he did best was scoring the rock. And had Eric Snow run the PG. Maybe its time OKC looks into that.

  74. Luis Cortes

    Luis Cortes

    26 dias atrás

    Ik Westbrook is shooting bad and all but how are we not realizing that Portland honestly has a shot of taking the title they have been playing amazing

  75. anonymous _

    anonymous _

    26 dias atrás

    Fuck you nigga.

  76. Mlr


    26 dias atrás

    3:46 He banged a teammates wife

  77. Kez


    26 dias atrás

    They should of started Schroder with Westcook

  78. SinCityMadman


    26 dias atrás

    Westbrook is great during the season, then just ok when it really matters...then he pouts like a 👶 when he loses. #ChokeArtist

  79. Philemon Holson

    Philemon Holson

    26 dias atrás

    He needs to call Curry to ask him what his secret to keep everybody so involve and happy.

  80. 04


    26 dias atrás

    Russell Westbrook is the most criticized player in nba history. NOT Lebron

  81. Andrew Young

    Andrew Young

    26 dias atrás

    I mean awesome

    • Andrew Young

      Andrew Young

      26 dias atrás

      Thunder need comeback

  82. Greg Horton

    Greg Horton

    26 dias atrás

    Get to the paint OKC, start utilizing Steven!!! Steven Steven Steven please. Stop settling for jump shots!!!

  83. Greg Horton

    Greg Horton

    26 dias atrás

    What happened to that beautiful pick and roll with Adams!?!? What in the fuck is going on with OKC and what’s up with PG??? Playoff P is garbage, he was garbage last year against Utah too!!! SMH, come on OKC!!! LEGOOOO!!!

  84. Sebastian McGriff

    Sebastian McGriff

    26 dias atrás

    This a team problem. Westbrook is not surrounded by enough defense or shooters. He takes off balance and poorly selected jumpers which is a big area for improvement. People who don’t know basketball will say he has low basketball IQ. They also have never averaged 10+ assists in the NBA.

  85. Dylan Vela

    Dylan Vela

    26 dias atrás

    I don’t even feel like it’s just Westbrook needing to hit shots they just need more shooters in general

  86. michael manakis

    michael manakis

    26 dias atrás

    Horrible roster and no team chem. When LeBron Harden Kryie and so on don't win its the talent around them not good enough but Russ with less and it's his fault huh ?

  87. Tc Grant

    Tc Grant

    27 dias atrás

    All those triple doubles dont lead to that much success

  88. Cole S

    Cole S

    27 dias atrás

    Westbrook isn’t the highest jumping point guard ever, nor the fastest. What makes him the most athletic one? His mouth?

  89. 1984Akeem


    27 dias atrás

    Love how Will Cain conducts the show...

  90. El de la Barba

    El de la Barba

    27 dias atrás

    Fucking cancer!!

  91. Chase Musgrow

    Chase Musgrow

    27 dias atrás

    Paul george is hurt how is that Westbrooks fualt. I dont like how they blamed carmelo anthony last year so they deserve to lose.

  92. Raj Singh

    Raj Singh

    27 dias atrás

    Westbrick is all about stats since day one

  93. DaBoyJosh


    27 dias atrás

    Westbrook just another melo

  94. Kid Corey

    Kid Corey

    27 dias atrás

    I think it's fair to say Russ really needed KD. Remember the 2014-15 season when KD missed about 50+ games with the foot injury, and Russ was the main guy on that team, they missed the playoffs. Now with KD gone permanently, they'll be sent packing in the 1st round every year since his departure

  95. Wookz Wts

    Wookz Wts

    27 dias atrás

    Its not all westbrooks fault he not the only person who tryed to shoot the ball

  96. bigwilly43729


    27 dias atrás

    He's going to have to change his game & be a more consistent shooter, especially as his athleticism wanes. The fiery competitor stuff is fine, but the pissing matches with opposing point guards often takes him to a place where he forgets about everyone else. The shooting percentage thing is a bit overrated since he takes a lot of contested shots at the rim (good thing). Thunder also need to find a couple of actual shooters this off season as well. They have too many iso players. Dream player would be Tobias Harris, but I doubt they can afford him. Nikola Mirotic or JJ Reddick would probably be better options to target.

  97. Terrance Brown

    Terrance Brown

    27 dias atrás

    OKC needs a strong point guard and put RW at the shooting guard...problem solved.

  98. Brandon Johnson

    Brandon Johnson

    27 dias atrás

    It’s unfair to say Westbrook or George shoulder the load. Their offense all season has come from their defense mainly. They were never a great offensive team as a unit but that defense was elite. Teams picked up on it, adjusted, don’t turn over the ball and now the Thunder are in trouble. Should they learn to lean on efficiency over volume, this is a championship team. Westbrook is not efficient. Durant learned how to find his best shots and maximize his statistical impact in his scoring. I thought Westbrook would have picked up on it but is still having shooting struggles. I really like this team and what they’re able to do in the West. They need to take shots away from Westbrook or design a system where he doesn’t have to create from scratch all the time.

  99. Too Cool

    Too Cool

    27 dias atrás

    Wow so much hate on westbrook one of thee best n da game

  100. mikyle parks

    mikyle parks

    27 dias atrás

    1. Move Russ to the 2 2. Get at least 2 players that shoot no less than 38% from the field 3. Upgrade the bench It could all be so simple

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