Oct. 28, Oklahoma City Thunder superman Russell Westbrook recently became the first NBA player to score a 50-point triple-double in 41 years, tying iconic baller Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 1975 record.
As The Washington Post succinctly said in the two-word lead of its Oct. 29 reaction story: “Kevin who?”
ESPN staff writer Royce Young said of Westbrook’s reaction to the milestone: “Westbrook didn’t seem all that impressed with the feat, saying he hadn’t reflected much on it.”
Westbrook told ESPN, “[I’m] hungry, I’ll tell you that much.”
Westbrook scored 51 points to pilot Thunder to a 113-110 win against the Suns in overtime.
To quote Jabbar’s timeless Roger Murdock retort to little Joey, who visits him in the cockpit in a scene from the 1980 comedy Airplane!:
Joey: “Wait a minute. I know you! You’re Kareem Abdul-Jabbar! You play basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers!”
Roger Murdock: “I’m sorry, son, but you must have me confused with someone else. My name is Roger Murdock. I’m the co-pilot.”
Well, yeah. As far as history goes, Jabbar — er, Murdock — probably just became history’s copilot to Westbrook’s NBA legacy.
Print headline: He’s GOAT!