While the Washington Wizards did not make a lot of noise in the playoffs, Russell Westbrook had enormous success during the regular season. The former MVP racked up yet another triple-double season, the fourth of his career.
The voters didn’t show a lot of love to the superstar, however, as he ended up finishing 11th in the MVP race. Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson is having none of it.
The first player to record a triple double season, Oscar Robertson is regarded amongst the top point guards ever. In an era dominated by big men, achieving the feat was no joke, and he was awarded with the MVP trophy for his performance in 1964.
The former champion with the Bucks was recently interviewed by Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson of the Knuckleheads. He revealed how he wasn’t expecting his MVP honor, as other guards like Jerry West had never won it.
Oscar also remarked how Russ is being disrespected by the NBA fraternity, and said averaging a triple double is no mean feat. “Nobody even notices, it isn’t a big deal anymore”. Clearly, the legend is not happy with the MVP voting process.
Oscar Robertson lashed out at sports-writers for continually disregarding Russell Westbrook’s efforts in an interview.
We can see how Oscar relates to Russ, as both their MVPs were awarded in seasons when they carried their depleted rosters to the playoffs. Both have similar styles of play as well, with Russ possessing the sheer athleticism and determination that Oscar was famous for.
Oscar went on to win a championship along with fellow Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1971, a feat Russ is yet to achieve. With the Los Angeles Lakers being title contenders this season, he looks in a great position to get his long-awaited ring.