Watch Russell Westbrook Shut Down a Reporter After Loss to Utah Jazz

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2013

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder got game, but he lacks people skills.

Following the Utah Jazz's thrashing of the Thunder, a reporter asked a simple question that Russell took serious offense to:

Did you guys lose this game or did the Jazz win this one?

Yikes, I've never heard a question that's cut so deep (kidding).

The source of said inquiry was undoubtedly referring to Oklahoma City's effort. This was a game the Thunder could have (should have?) won, yet the final score hardly reflected such a notion. 

Despite the seemingly obvious premise behind the query, Westbrook played dumb.

"Whaaaat?" he asked back, as if the question confused him.

In that case, maybe the reporter should have broken it down for Westbrook. Perhaps he should have explained that Russell himself committed seven turnovers. That the Thunder committed 20 turnovers to the Jazz's 18. That Oklahoma City actually outscored Utah both in the paint and on fast breaks, but still managed to lose.

Instead, there was awkward silence laced with some indistinct mumbling. Almost needless to say that didn't do the trick. Nothing dawned on Westbrook during that time.

Regardless of whether he thought the inquest inane, he still had an obligation to answer it. No one was attacking him or accusing him of losing the game on his own. It was just a question.

"I'm out," he eventually said while shaking his head feverishly.

Out of what, though, Russell? Of excuses? Of answers to simple, albeit cliché-like, questions? Of common decency?

If the above video is any indication, it's all of the above.

At least next time this reporter will know he can't ask Westbrook about the game—only about matters involving Ke$ha and sideline temper-tantrums.