Russell Westbrook's departure from the Houston Rockets now feels like a lifetime away. So much has happened since the former league MVP decided to jump ship to join the Washington Wizards during the offseason. However, this does not take away from the shock factor of this recent revelation about the true reason behind his decision to leave Houston.
In a recent appearance on The Jump, former NBA champ and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins made the startling revelation behind Westbrook's desire to part ways with the Rockets. According to Perk, Russ did not appreciate the type of treatment he got from the team:
“From a source of mine that happened to be on the [Houston] coaching staff, they said that Russell Westbrook felt like he wasn’t being treated like the star that he should have been treated like. So, he wanted out,” Perkins claimed, via Ben DuBose of RocketsWire.
Perkins made his statement in the context of the panel's discussion about the Dallas Mavericks and their recent elimination from the playoffs. Perk was saying that he believes a coaching change is required in Dallas. This was when he inserted the topic of Westbrook and the Rockets, which leads us to believe that perhaps it was former Houston coach Mike D'Antoni who was not treating Russ “like the star that he should have been treated.”
What the Dallas Mavericks are missing is a new Head Coach! Carry the hell on… pic.twitter.com/v9ZWeJW90S
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) June 7, 2021
We have to take this information with a grain of salt, however. Kendrick Perkins has made some sensational statements in the past, and this appears to fall into that mold. It doesn't mean that it isn't true, though.