Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has made it clear that he doesn’t want to talk about the MVP race and told a reporter he ‘is the front-runner’.
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While Stephen Curry has insisted that he would choose himself if he could before admitting that LeBron James would get his vote, the Cleveland Cavaliers star has reportedly questioned why he isn’t more involved in the conversation.
In addition, there is also James Harden who has seen general manager Daryl Morey go to war in his defence after a public exchange with Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
However, the one man who isn’t interested in discussing the MVP race is Westbrook, who is quietly going about his business and putting up triple-doubles whenever he can.
The Thunder star already has eight this season as he continues to shine in the absence of Kevin Durant, but he insisted on Tuesday that the race doesn’t concern him.
Russell Westbrook was asked pregame in Dallas some MVP questions. It went as well as you might assume: pic.twitter.com/wnhMSymVBb
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 16, 2015
While the reporter in question would undoubtedly have been flattered by Westbrook’s sarcasm, it goes to show that the MVP award isn’t the most important thing on the 26-year-old’s mind right now.
With the Thunder struggling to secure their playoff spot, it will make no difference to Westbrook as to whether or not he wins the individual accolade if he can’t lead his team into the post-season.
OKC (37-30) are currently in ninth spot in the Western Conference after the New Orleans Pelicans’ win on Tuesday night moved them above them on their head-to-head record in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.