Nothing's ever official until it's take-down-your-gigantic-mural official. It's finally reached that point with Russell Westbrook after the Houston Rockets traded him for another All-Star point guard in John Wall.
The Rockets' sky-scraper clean-up job was reported on Twitter by Scoop B.
Houston is already tearing down Russell Westbrook’s photo pic.twitter.com/c5gh5LqcoK
— 👑 Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson (@ScoopB) December 5, 2020
It's the end of a short-lived era in Houston. After being trounced by the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Semis, the James Harden – Russell Westbrook experiment won't be getting a second trial run.
The Brodie actually had a solid, if not spectacular season with the Houston Rockets last year before the pandemic struck. The former MVP averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists on a career shooting percentage of 47.2% from the field playing in the Rockets' five-out offense. Russ was even named to the All-NBA 3rd team.
The fact that many considered Westbrook as having regressed with those numbers speaks to just how lofty the standards are for him now. Many point to his subpar showing during the bubble, and understandably so. The 9-time All-Star's playoff stats for the Rockets regressed to 17.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists on 42.1% shooting from the field.
His under-performance on the biggest stage was likely a huge factor as the Rockets are on thin ice with their bearded face of the franchise – James Harden.
Question marks surround their newest acquisition in John Wall as well. The former Wizards star is coming off Achilles surgery and has had a two-year road to recovery leading up to the next season. For a guard that relies on burst and explosiveness just as much as Westbrook, it remains to be seen how much of it he'll have back.