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Russell Westbrook vs Reporter: Steve Kerr calls Westbrook’s treatment of the media ‘dangerous’ for the NBA

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Oklahoma City Thunder Superstar Russell Westbrook’s attitude toward the media has ranged over the years from harmless and humorous to “dangerous for the NBA” as Steve Kerr suggested.

“I just feel that we have to be very careful as a league,” Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, via The Athletic. “We’re in a good place right now. Very popular. Fans love the game, the social dynamic, the fashion. But more than anything they love the connection they feel to the players. I think it’s important for the players to understand that it’s a key dynamic to this league. I don’t think this is a healthy dynamic, for this league, for any player, any team, any local media, any national media.

“It’s all part of the business,” Kerr said. “You’ve got to feed information to the fans. You don’t have to give a great answer, but it’s dangerous when you go down that path of no communication because one of the reasons people like the league right now is we have a lot of great players, really good guys who handle themselves well. So don’t kill that. You’ve got to keep that going. That’s a big part of the business.”

Westbrook slightly altered his “next question” approach following his team’s Game 4 loss Sunday to go down 3-1 in their first-round series with Portland, but his message remained the same.

The league hasn’t issued a fine or discipline to Westbrook, as he’s still performing his media obligations by showing up, not using inappropriate language or criticizing officials, and so on. But the optics, as many members of the NBA community see it, aren’t good.

Check out Westbrook’s responses — or, non-responses — over the years to questions asked by Berry Tramel during his postgame media availability sessions.

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Raptors’ road to the NBA Finals

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WATCH: It has been 24 years in the making and it took 100 playoff games, but the Raptors have finally made it to the grandest stage. It’s been a rough, emotional and frustrating ride but it has all led to this, a date with the Warriors in the NBA Finals. Relive the ups and downs of their journey here.

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Toronto Raptors Trophy Presentation Ceremony – 2019 Eastern Conference Finals Champions

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WATCH: 2019 Eastern Confernce Finals Champions Toronto Raptors Trophy Ceremony. Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors – Game 6 | Eastern Conference Finals ECF | May 25, 2019 NBA Playoffs

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24 Years in the Making: The Toronto Raptors Advance to 1st NBA Finals in Franchise History

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The Toronto Raptors are headed to the NBA Finals, a basketball success story Canadians have been waiting on for 24 seasons.

The Toronto Raptors made history Saturday night by becoming the first Canadian team to reach the NBA finals after dominating past the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 in Game 6. 

Throughout the entire 2019 playoffs, Leonard has been sensational. With a game 7 buzzer-beater, seven 35-point games, a 45-point game, a 17-rebound game, a nine-assist game and a generally-relentless attitude on defense, in particular while defending Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Kyle Lowry, played through relentless pain of a sprained thumb, had 17 points and eight assists, and grabbed the game ball after the final buzzer.

“It’s taken a long time to get here in my career, 13 years, seven years here,” he said, his baseball cap reading “NBA Finals” pulled down over his head. “I’m going to savour the moment, but I’m not satisfied. Our goal is to win the NBA championship.”

Thousands of people took to the streets of Toronto in celebration of the Raptors’ historic Eastern Conference championship win. Crowds erupted outside of Scotiabank Arena.

Other images posted online showed fans lighting off fireworks in the streets, crowds closing off roads and even people climbing on top of TTC buses and trucks outside of Union Station.

As celebrations were underway, Toronto police sent out a tweet asking everyone to be “mindful, courteous and safe” and on Sunday morning, a police spokesperson confirmed to that no arrests were made during the celebrations.

Raptors ambassador Drake was courtside during the game, cheering on the team and wearing a sweater that read, “Kawhi me a river,” hyping up the crowd. Drake hugged Kawhi Leonard and gave coach Nick Nurse another epic shoulder rub to shut down the haters.

Toronto had an incredible comeback in the series to win four straight games after trailing 2–0 to the Bucks. They will open the NBA finals at home on Thursday night against six-time champions Golden State Warriors. Until then, embrace and enjoy this moment Canada.

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