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Russell Westbrook denies two halfcourt shots by Denver’s mascot (VIDEO)

Jan 20, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

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Kevin Durant has a whole Nike ad campaign centered around “not being nice.” Russell Westbrook needs no such campaign.

During the timeout break of a hotly contested game in Denver, Westbrook decided to take some frustration out. As the Nuggets’ mascot “Rocky” fired a heave from halfcourt, Westbrook jumped up and goaltended the shot. Why? Who knows. Some men just like to watch the world burn.

As you’d expect, Westbrook got some serious heat from the crowd when the real (but decidedly less entertaining) action resumed. Blocking the shot of the opposing team’s mascot is funny and innocent enough…but not when something free is on the line. You’ve seen how crazy fans go for free items thrown or launched by cannon into the crowd — small children get trampled, elderly women catch elbows to the face — it’s all bad. But there was something more serious on the line when Rocky reared back for those halfcourt shots.


And we all know you don’t mess with a fan’s queso. Westbrook’s treason didn’t even stop with one goaltend — he did it again the next timeout break. Here’s the hilarious footage of Westbrook denying both of Rocky’s attempts from halfcourt:

Funny as it all was, the mascot denials kind of pumped Westbrook up. A few plays after, he responded to the crowd’s vigorous booing drilling a tough long 3-pointer that helped the Thunder take the game to overtime.

While Denver fans may not have gotten their queso, they did eventually get an overtime win, a deal for discounted tacos, and Westbrook with egg on his face after all the barking he did at the crowd over the course of the game. So all’s well that ends well, except maybe for Rocky the mascot, who might be a little more weary of shotblockers on his halfcourt heaves from now on.

  1. JP Mc Loughlin - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Reblogged this on sportoftheworld.

  2. itsthemelman82 - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    LOL! Russ is a different cat but, I love it!

  3. abchome - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Rocky should challenge Westbrook one-on-one for some fun.

  4. dko83 - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    Karma Russ, you let those drop. Might have pulled this one out…

  5. aldavis4president - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Surprised dwade didn’t have him escorted out of the game, or LeBron having a post game interview go let everyone know that HIS block shots are the best! And r.Wes will never go the the same pressure LeBron did lol…Russ iz the man!!!

  6. dls612 - Jan 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    That’s a first! Lol!

  7. nokoolaidcowboy - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Not funny man, this is how it’s starts. Next time they come into town and Westbrook comes down the sidelines Rocky is going to sweep the leg!

  8. broncobeta - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    He’s too hot headed. You see it all the time with him. He’ll get beat on defense and someone will say something to him. Then he’ll run down the court in transition with no intention of passing the ball, his heart set on making a highlight play. But he doesn’t, he misses the shot or causes a turnover. He doesn’t smart mad.

  9. dannymac17 - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Thats very immature.

    But then again, thats Westbrook. UCLA product, classless bafoon.

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