Russell Westbrook trying to cut down on ‘dumb s—‘ that leads to technical fouls

Last season, Russell Westbrook led the NBA with 17 technical fouls, and only some mercy from the NBA saved him from serving a one-game suspension.

Now, the Thunder point guard is reportedly “done” picking up techs after watching video of all his infractions from last year.


“I’m done with those days,” he said Tuesday at shootaround. “I learned in the summertime, once they make a call, they ain’t changing it. Took me a while, but I learned it.”

“I watched film. I watched all my techs and all the dumb s— I was doing, so I decided to tell myself, there’s no need to argue,” Westbrook said. “They’re not changing it, so move on.”

Westbrook hasn’t quite been an angel this season — his four technical fouls so far tie him for ninth in the league — but he’s making progress.

But according to ESPN, Kevin Durant doesn’t buy that his teammate is truly changing his ways.

“Not at all, not at all,” he said. “We’ll see. Hopefully he doesn’t get any more, but I don’t buy that.”

The Thunder stand 21-10, third in the Western Conference.


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