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Video: Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook explains his cradle-the-baby gesture

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In case you haven’t noticed, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook has brought out a new celebration from his bag this season: The Rock-a-Baby. The former MVP usually pulls this off whenever he takes his defender to school.

Westbrook recently appeared in an episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and finally, shed some light on the meaning of his famous celebration.

“I’m pretty big for my position, and I would say I’m probably stronger than other guys in my position. So when I have smaller guys on me, you have to treat ’em like babies.”


Fallon almost fell off his chair laughing over Russell Westbrook’s reasons.

Nonetheless, the brash point guard looks pretty meek over here while making his explanation, which is a far cry from how he is on the court. The Thunder point guard is usually very demonstrative and doesn’t back down from anyone. He doesn’t let up on his opponents’ grill, and never fails to make them hear about it whenever he schools them.

Russell Westbrook has victimized several opposing defenders this season with his new Rock-a-bye-Baby celebration. Some players like Patrick Beverley and Klay Thompson have even tried to stop the 7-time All-Star’s patented taunt.

Westbrook has been in and out of the Thunder line-up this season due to a slew of injuries. Fortunately, Mr. Triple Double looks like he’s fully recovered from any ailments and is ready to lead the Thunder. In 14 games, Russell Westbrook is putting up near triple-double averages of 22.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 9.5 assists per game.

Oklahoma City currently has the third best record in the Western Conference, and have won 15 of their last 18 games after going 0-4 to start the season. They look to continue their winning ways against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.