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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.(Photo: Mike Dinovo, USA TODAY Sports)
In his heyday, Jason Kidd was the best point guard in the game with eyes-in-the-back-of-his-head pbading and one of the only NBA players capable of tallying a triple-double on any given night.
Now the coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, Kidd is blown away by the explosiveness of the game’s reigning MVP Russell Westbrook, who averaged a triple-double last season and represents a much different breed of point guard.
Kidd found an apt comparison for Westbrook, albeit from a different sport.
“He is the (Mike) Tyson of basketball,” Kidd told news reporters Tuesday night (via ESPN) before the Bucks’ 110-91 loss to Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder. “When the jump ball (goes up), he is coming as Tyson did (in getting) off the stool. When the bell rings, he’s coming for you. Whenever he’s on the floor, he plays at one speed, and that’s fast and hard. He’s a little different in that case that he’s probably the only (No.) 1, and then I would put (at) 1B in that same category John Wall. Just that speed of coming at you every time you’re on the floor. There is no kind of walking the ball up; they are coming at you and causing problems.
“He’s the best in the game. Puts a lot of pressure on your defense, offensively and defensively. For him, he can make the adjustment, play with talented guys like (Paul) George and Melo (Carmelo Anthony). For him, his game doesn’t change. He puts a lot of pressure offensively on that break, just finding the open guy and making the game easy.”
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