You’ve heard all the idioms and phrases over the years:
- Don’t wake a sleeping giant.
- Don’t give superstars extra motivation.
- If you come at the king, you best not miss.
These are crucial life lessons that any street-savvy peep should be aware of. While these modern-day Aesop Fables can pertain to almost any facet of life, these rules-of-thumb specifically apply well to professional athletics. In relation to pro sports, these 3 mantras should not be disrespected by anyone that’s finna void a hurtin’.
Which brings us to our latest edition of Hustlin’ Backwards, featuring Russell Westbrook and Kyle Lowry. First, let it be known them I am so down with both proflic point guards, especially Russ. Dudes that penetrate defenses and take it to the rack on a consistent basis are always entertaining to watch. However, an entertaining style of play and supreme talent, will not keep even the greatest of Jedi’s from potentially tripping up and ultimately Hustlin’ Backwards.
Let’s start with Russell Westbrook, as his is the more forgivable backwards hustle-job considering the context. Russ is easily 1 of the 5 to 7 best players in the NBA right now. Westbrook’s opponent in the Western Conference Finals happens to be the the Golden State Warriors, which features the 1 of the 1 best players in the NBA right now. While I respect pro athletes’ confidence and competitiveness, dudes in Russ’ situation need to balance that supreme swagger with keeping the sleeping giant at bay.
Here’s what Russ had to say prior to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in reference to Stephen Curry:
“He’s a shooter.” Westbrook said via The Oklahoman‘s Anthony Slater. “He’s not nothing I haven’t seen. Him, Lillard, guys like that can shoot the basketball from four or five feet behind the three. You got to do a little, different job. Just be physical.”
I think it’s safe to say, that after 2 recording-breaking seasons, in which he won the NBA’s MVP award in each year, Steph Curry isn’t just a “shooter”.
Don’t put baby in the corner. Don’t tell Steph what is.
As for Kyle Lowry… well, this one is just silly. You’d think after setting the record for the worst field goal percentage in NBA playoff history, Kyle Lowry’s confidence would be at least the slightest bit shaken. Ok, maybe not shaken… but Lowry should damn well know that he’s playing on some surious thin ice. But nah, Lowry ain’t about that life (apparently, and mistakenly I might add). Lowry hustled hard against his own objectives before the Eastern Conference Finals earlier this week when he had this to say:
“LeBron is probably one of the best players in the league besides Stephen (Curry),” Lowry told ESPN’s Doris Burke when asked about the Eastern Conference finals.”
I mean, considering how poorly Lowry has played in the 2016 playoffs, and how well LeBron has been as of late……
WHAT MORE CAN I SAY?