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Russell Westbrook corrects Memphis reporter who refers to Grizzlies’ arena as the ‘Grindhouse’

Apr 24, 2014, 8:44 PM EDT

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The Memphis Grizzlies have managed to keep their core of Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Tony Allen together for a few seasons now, and as a result, the team has played a style of basketball that’s created an identity.

Allen coined the phrase “Grit and Grind” to describe how Memphis goes about its basketball business, and FedEx Forum where the team plays its home games has come to be known as the Grindhouse.

It’s great for the local fans to be able to rally around and embrace something like this, but it only serves to annoy those outside of that inner circle — and that apparently includes Russell Westbrook.

From Zack McMillin of the Memphis Commercial Appeal:

[Westbrook] was responding to a question from one of Memphis’s longest-tenured TV sports anchors, Jarvis Greer, that went like this: “Your road record is one of the best in the NBA but talk a little bit specifically about playing here in the Grindhouse against this team.”

Westbrook gave Greer a bit of a quizzical look and said, “”You said the FedExForum? That’s the name of the arena, right?”

To which, Greer answered in the affirmative. Then Westbrook continued: “Uh, playing at the, uh, FedExForum , it’s a good arena, the fans are loud and they cheer on their team and we just gotta come in and play our game.”

Westbrook has a history of getting a bit testy with reporters, but this seemed like a different situation.

There’s no reason for Westbrook to respect the identity of his opponent, or to give them any additional respect by recognizing it.

But making a point to stubbornly refuse to go along with it like this is some next-level trolling — a craft which Westbrook seems to be honing to perfection.

  1. apkyletexas - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Down by 15 in the 3rd quarter. I’d say it’s the “Grindhouse” for Westbrook and the Thunder, tonight anyway.

  2. asimonetti88 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Maybe he had never heard of that nickname. I hadn’t heard of it until just now either.

    • apkyletexas - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      Oh, Westbrook knows all about the Grindhouse after losing in 5 games in the 2nd round last year.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      He even built a house there with all the bricks he threw up.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      Where you been?

  3. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Well that’s just childish on his part. And now they’re down 2-1.

  4. time4complaints - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    This wasn’t a James Harden situation. He did respond to the reporter’s question. I don’t think a player should feel obligated to embrace the opposition’s nickname for its arena.

    • redstar504 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      I can’t stand OKC because of their attempt in using Katrina to loot our basketball team so rarely will defend them or their players and this time I will defend them.

      He doesn’t have to acknowledge his opponent’s nicknames that’s not his city and not his fans. He has a pack of rabid basketball fans back in OKC. The Griz don’t have a patent on rabid fans.

      Good job not fueling the hype. Hopefully they can go back home and showcase their rabid fans, maybe by then OKC can come up with its own cute nickname

      • deeballer - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        You mean the tornado and not Katrina right? Katrina is New Orleans.

  5. kavika6 - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    What a punk. I can’t even cheer for my home town team anymore because of his, fisher’s, perkin’s and Ibaka’s bad attitudes.

    • misremembered72 - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      your loss…

  6. watdoiknow - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Oh yeah! Memphis does have ONE team…. almost forgot

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