Russell Westbrook feels he’s labeled as ‘the bad guy’ after ejection for elbowing Damion Lee

first_img“I hold myself to a very, very high standard,” Westbrook told reporters afterwards. “I think the refs, the fans, the media, the NBA are put in a position now that I’m not allowed to really do much. Obviously I’m an emotional guy. If you watch the clip, obviously I hit Lee but it wasn’t on purpose. I’m going to the glass, he got hit. He said something to me, I said something to him. I’m standing there, a guy [Juan Toscano-Anderson] comes to snatch the ball out of my hand. Guys come running to me, I didn’t move. But I’m always the one who gets painted to be the bad guy in the whole situation. “They asked me to walk towards the Warriors bench. I’m just over there walking towards the bench and then one of the little young fellas tells me, ‘Why you walking over here?’ I turned around and said, ‘What did you say?’ So now everybody’s running over to me, then I’m walking towards the thing, then Looney steps in front of me. I feel like I’m in a position where it’s like, ‘Oh, well. Russ is being Russ,’ which nobody knows what that means. But I’ve got to do a better job of holding myself to a very, very high standard. I’ll make sure I leave no room for error to allow somebody to paint me out to be a guy that I’m not.” Rockets guard Russell Westbrook voiced his complaints after Thursday’s game, claiming he’s always being considered “the bad guy” and wondered why more players were not punished in the incident that led to his ejection against the Warriors.Westbrook’s night ended prematurely when he received two technical fouls in Houston’s 135-105 victory. The second of those technical fouls came in the fourth quarter after Westbrook caught Damion Lee with a stray arm. The situation became intense when Westbrook then argued with players on Golden State’s bench, including the injured Klay Thompson, before confronting Kevon Looney prior to being ejected. However, Westbrook, who had 21 points and 10 assists before his exit, felt he was singled out and that others should have been punished, too.”I just think it’s unfair, though, that after all of that, I’m the only one who gets a tech or kicked out,” added Westbrook, who leads the NBA with 13 technical fouls this season. “That’s not fair, I don’t care what nobody says. There were so many other people involved in it that were doing so many things that weren’t okay but I’m the one that gets the tech, gets ejected, and everyone else is cool and gets back to play.”But I take responsibility and I hold myself to a very high standard.”last_img read more

Kyle Walker hails England ‘family’ and insists: ‘Anything is possible now’

first_img 3 The former Tottenham Hotspur man, who became the most expensive defender in the world last summer, was originally sceptical about playing in a back three this summer.However, his pace and power on the right hand side have allowed John Stones and Harry Maguire to express themselves on the ball.And the togetherness and unity which is spreading throughout the squad like wildfire could be crucial to taking the Three Lions all the way in Russia.“To play in a team like this with the lads, probably from the outside looking in you can probably see only 20 per cent of it,” he added. Getty Images 3 There is a real togetherness in the England squad which has not been seen for many years Kyle Walker has called playing with England ‘a joy’ and praised Gareth Southgate for rejuvenating the national team.A 2-0 victory in the World Cup quarter-final against Sweden has put the Three Lions just two games away from emulating the success of 1966. “But when you’re in the dressing room and you’re spending so much time with them, it’s a joy.“The group we’ve got as a whole, we’re serious on the pitch but when we’re off the pitch we have to have fun.“We’re family now. We’re family for this summer and we need to enjoy every second of it and be as one.”Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of England v Croatia: Wednesday July 11 – Kick Off 7PM BST Getty England have even managed to win a World Cup penalty shootout! 3 Getty Images England have already secured their highest ever finish at a World Cup Finals since 1990, where they eventually finished fourth under Bobby Robson.After crashing out of the group stages in 2014 and failing to go beyond the last eight in both Germany and Japan, the Manchester City man admitted there was a real feel-good factor around the camp.“Anything is possible with this team,” said Walker, speaking to talkSPORT’s Nigel Adderley,“The excitement, the enthusiasm, the determination is the dressing room is scary.“We all want to achieve big things with our country and to get to a semi-final is a step in the right direction, but hopefully it’s not one that’s not going to stop here.”When asked what has changed in the England set-up from previous major tournaments, Walker responded: “I think everything.“The manager has come in and put his stamp on it and I think he has to take a lot of the credit.“Not many people thought he could achieve this coming into the job with the experience he had, so he has to take a lot of the credit for where we are now.“He has been bold in his decisions and he’s stood by his decisions and he’s got rewards from it.“I think it also comes down to the lads as well – the determination and enthusiasm in each and every training session, and even watching videos and studying our opponents.“We all want to learn, we’re all excited to learn, it’s just been an absolute joy.” Gareth Southgate is masterminding England’s ruthless pursuit of World Cup glory in a waistcoat. Class last_img read more