Westbrook on not starting in All Star Game: 'It is what it is'
Thunder star Russell Westbrook told the media he doesn't play for All Star Game bids after it was announced he would not be starting in the game.
On Thursday, the NBA announced the starters for both the Western and Eastern Conferences in the NBA All Star game. Despite averaging a triple-double, Westbrook was not announced as a starter. During a media availability Friday in Oklahoma City Westbrook said he was ready to move on.
"It is what is is." Westbrook said. "I don't play for All Star bids. I play to win championships."
Westbrook was voted to start by players and media while Steph Curry and James Harden won the fan votes. All three were tied in points and by rule, the fan vote serves as a tiebreaker.
"It doesn't change anything for me," Westbrook said.
Westbrook will most likely still be on the team when reserves are selected. Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis round out the rest of the starters for the Western Conference.
Westbrook has been named the MVP of the All Star game the last two seasons, coming off the bench in 2015 for 41 points. He is a five time All Star and was named a starter on the team for the first time in 2016.
The Thunder are currently riding a two game losing streak. They travel to Utah to face the Jazz in the fifth game of their season long six game road trip Monday.
The NBA All Star Game will tip at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in New Orleans.