Houston Rockets superstar point guard Russell Westbrook dropped the “next question” line from his repertoire before the season started.

Westbrook used to say “next question” when Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Berry Tramel would ask him a question.

The All-Star guard has been polite with the Rockets media this season because he is no longer letting the media create narratives about him:

“Just over the years, for me, I’ve allowed sometimes the media to let them create narratives of myself, and I’ve protected myself by communicating and I’m no longer allowing that,” Westbrook said during Saturday’s All-Star media availability, via ESPN.

“So that’s it.”

2019-20 is all about dynamic duos in the NBA. The Rockets have Westbrook and James Harden, the Los Angeles Lakers have LeBron James and Anthony Davis, while the Los Angeles Clippers have Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

The Rockets are the only team in the league with two MVPs leading the charge, though. Both Westbrook and Harden are in Chicago for All-Star weekend. The Rockets went 34-20 during the first half of the season. They are in fifth place in the Western Conference standings.

In his first season with the Rockets, Westbrook is averaging 27.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.2 assists. The former MVP is shooting 46.3 percent from the field, 23.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Westbrook, who has averaged a triple-double three seasons in a row, has 19 double-doubles and eight triple-doubles on the season.

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