“Congratulations. I’m really happy for you,” Robertson said as the two met. He then demurred after Westbrook thanked him for paving the way. “It was a different era and time and things, but what you’re doing, I think, is historic. People see it, they love it … I think it’s great for basketball, and great for you and your family.”
Last month, Robertson told ESPN.com he’s rooting for Westbrook to win the MVP award this season and explained how he thinks the perception of the award has changed:
“I think it’s Westbrook. That’s what I really think,” Robertson said of his MVP pick. “Because years ago it was tough to win an MVP because it was based on winning championships — and [Bill] Russell with the Celtics. They dominated. But one year, Wilt [Chamberlain] averaged 50 points a game and 29 rebounds and me a triple-double, but Bill [Russell] won because his team advanced and we did not.
“It’s changed now. A lot of people understand what an MVP means. They understand basketball better than they did years ago.”
That’s quite a bit of support from an NBA legend who just watched a modern player match his triple-double average and break his record for most triple-doubles in a season. Kudos to the Big O on that front.
Once the pregame festivities started, Robertson’s support for Westbrook grew even louder: