I’ve been disappointed in the USA Basketball men’s national team and that took over my mind since last weekend. I’m not holding back my belief that this team may not even make the quarterfinals in the Olympics next month.
While the Nigerians were beating the Americans in Las Vegas last Saturday, on the other side of the country, Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook won an ESPY for the Best Record Breaking Performance, specifically for getting his 182nd career triple double, surpassing Oscar Robertson’s record.
.@russwest44 takes home the ESPY for Best Record Breaking Performance after an incredible season pic.twitter.com/2oP4QTVa0b— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 11, 2021
To recap, Westbrook averaged 22.2 points, 11.7 assists and 11.5 rebounds per game for the Wizards last season. He now has 184 career triple-doubles and will likely get a few more before his career is done.
Westbrook competed against Stanford women’s basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer who surpassed the late Pat Summitt for most wins in a coaching career; Alabama WR DeVonta Smith leading the Crimson Tide to the 2020-21 national championship with 215 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns just in one half of play and Phil Mickelson being the oldest golfer to win the PGA Championship last May for the award.
Congratulations to Russ for winning the ESPY, well deserved.