He had a good run, guys.
Russell Westbrook did a lot of cool things throughout his NBA career—things that broke natural laws so badly it made the greater galactic powers inspect their property line looking for holes in the gravity fence.
But all that's over now:
Yep, following up on his serenade from earlier this summer, Westbrook went to a Taylor Swift concert in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.
This would be fine, of course, if it weren't for that whole thing where anything sports-related Taylor Swift comes into contact with withers and dies shortly thereafter like it's been graced with the Rogue death touch.
As Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer noted, her very presence tainted the electrical grid at Nationals Park in July:
Swift also supposedly cost the Chicago Blackhawks a goal a few years back and, lest we forget, there was the infamous Amar'e Stoudemire duet at Madison Square Garden in 2014 that foreshadowed the worst season in New York Knicks history:
Can't blame Swift for that, actually. You can't kill that which was already dead. But it certainly didn't help.
So we'll see what happens with Westbrook. It's not a great omen, but if there's anyone who can...shake off...the all-consuming inertia of the Swift/sports destruction cycle, it's Russ.
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