After the drama and battle of words with Mark Cuban on the superstar status of Russell Westbrook, the outspoken owner of the Mavericks has finally admitted it.
Almost a full year ago, Mark Cuban said Russell Westbrook was NOT a superstar and the basketball universe went ballistic.
To Cuban’s defense, everyone can have their own definition of what a superstar is and his is simple: a superstar is someone who can lead a so-so team to 50 wins and a postseason series win.
Something that Westbrook had not (and still hasn’t) done.
Fast forward over six months to December 2016 and Cuban doubled down one his statement because of his personal definition. He admitted that Westbrook is putting up “superstar numbers” but he isn’t changing his definition (according to ESPN).
The statement by Cuban will never go away as long as Westbrook continues to defy all odds and put up unimaginable numbers.
But has things changed since Westbrook’s latest visit to Dallas?
On March 27th, OKC was down 13 points with just over three minutes to go in Dallas. Sitting in his normal spot on the front row, Cuban witnessed Westbrook scored 12 of the Thunder’s last 14 points, including a game winning jumper with seven seconds left.
Westbrook notched ANOTHER triple double and the win over the Mavs.
Now, five days later, Cuban’s stance on the star in OKC seems to have changed.
“I can no longer deny it, Russell Westbrook is a superstar,” Cuban told reporters at a Trump support rally in Pittsburgh.
Cuban, making an appearance at the request of President Trump, was speaking at a rally in Pittsburgh this week celebrating Trump’s accomplishments over the first couple of months in office.
Sources (many connected with Fox’s Chris Broussard) involved in the situation say that Cuban reportedly was wearing a Westbrook UCLA jersey last weekend when the Bruins played the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament.
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“You honestly could go ahead and put Westbrook into the Hall of Fame at this point. What he has done with the talent around him this year in OKC is something we have never seen before. Especially with his efficiency and turnover numbers, Westbrook is no doubt the MVP of the league,” Cuban told reporters at the Trump rally.
According to sources around Cuban, he reportedly spent Friday night exploring the extravagant night life of Memphis with Chandler Parsons. They were spotted at the Bass Pro Shop pyramid having drinks and discussing Parsons’ career year in Memphis this season.
Cuban will join the Mavericks on their road trip when they travel to Milwaukee to face Shane Larkin and the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.
Happy April Fools Day!