Russell Westbrook’s incredible start to the season has garnered plenty of attention in the media, but the man himself is over it.
Westbrook’s streak of seven straight triple-doubles, a feat only previously accomplished by Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson, ended after the Oklahoma City Thunder's 102-99 loss to the Houston Rockets last Friday.
After not recording a triple-double for the third successive match in the Thunder's 109-89 loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, Westbrook could not hide his exasperation at the ongoing talk around the subject.
"Honestly, man, people and this triple-double thing is kind of getting on my nerves," Westbrook is quoted as saying by ESPN.
"People think if I don't get it, it's like a big thing. When I do get it, it's a thing. If y'all just let me play…
"If I get it, I get it. If I don't, I don't. It is what it is. I really don't care. For the 100th time, I don't care.
"All I care about is winning, man, honestly. All the numbers, s*** don't mean nothing to me."
The prolific guard had 27 points, five assists and five rebounds in the defeat, dropping his season averages to 30.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.5 assists through 26 games.
But Westbrook is not interested in thinking about the chance to join Robertson as the second player to average a triple-double through an entire season.
"I don't know what's realistic," he said. "I just go out and play every night, and that's it. I really don't care what people think is real or not. I just go out and compete, and that's it."
Despite Westbrook’s historic start, the Thunder are just 15-11 and seventh in the Western Conference.