Basketball is a captivating sport, but it can become perplexing when players employ intricate strategies. With the immense skills and abilities of USA basketball leagues, players may let their egos take over during games. Recently, college basketball player Russell Westbrook shared a peculiar tactic he experienced. Let us now learn more about who Russell Westbrook is.
In case you are unfamiliar, Russell Westbrook is a point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers and won the NBA’s MVP award in the 2016-17 season. However, why was his name mentioned during a college basketball game?
Who can be considered the Russell Westbrook of college basketball?
The game in question is an NCAA Final Four fourth Game between the IOWA Hawkeyes and South Carolina Gamecocks. While IOWA was leading the best of five by a margin 2-1 something unexpected happened on the court that had all heads turning. IOWA has scored 11 points whereas the South Carolina had only managed 8 points.
During a tense moment, the South Carolina guard Raven Johnson had possession of the ball. Rather than attempting to stop her, the 6-foot point guard for IOWA, Caitlin Clark, lightly pushed her with her hand. This gesture seemed to indicate that Clark wasn’t afraid of Johnson having room to shoot.
The video is available below.
After realizing this, Johnson admitted that she used it as motivation.
“I believe not many individuals would be able to manage that. While I did go viral, I am grateful to have had the support of people like Coach Staley and my teammates. They have been a source of strength for me. Everything happens for a purpose, and I always turn to God for guidance. Perhaps this experience was necessary for me in order to motivate me further. It reminds me that I need to put in extra effort in the gym, fix my weaknesses, and improve my shooting.”
The photo of Caitlin Clark dismissing Raven Johnson during the Final Four gained widespread attention.
Johnson explains that she is using it as inspiration to drive her forward.
“It occurred with purpose. I always turn to God. Perhaps I needed that experience in order to use it as motivation.” @GamecockWBB pic.twitter.com/ZpHxVsvzmi
— Matt Dowell (@MattDowellTV) September 28, 2023
Fans were swift to make connections between the game of the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors when Warriors’ power forward Draymond Green created an opening for Clippers’ Westbrook, prompting him to make a score from the free-throw line. The NCAA competition sparked recollections of the NBA game.
Similarly, Green declined to confront Westbrook as the Clippers struggled to score and ultimately turned the ball over to the Warriors.
Who ended up having the final laugh?
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Did Iowa win against USC or did Caitlin Clark get revenge by winning the semi-final?
What was the outcome of the NCAA?
In a closely fought match, IOWA emerged victorious over South Carolina with a score of 77-73 and moved on to the National Championship Final. They faced off against the Louisiana State University Tigers, who ultimately triumphed over the IOWA Hawkeyes in a close best-of-five series, securing their first national championship title.
Meanwhile, Raven Johnson is seeking to redeem herself in the upcoming season and is diligently practicing as she has stated previously.
“Check out this article: Angel Reese, a highly valued NBA player, surpasses rival Caitlin Clark as one of the top college stars with a net worth of $110 million.”
Did Caitlin Clark make the right decision in strengthening Johnson’s abilities? Or was she simply trying to show off? Share your thoughts in the comments section!
After six months since Caitlin Clark’s impressive performance reminiscent of Draymond Green, college basketball’s Russell Westbrook is looking for revenge, stating “I had to experience that.” This was originally posted on EssentiallySports.