NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 15: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Western Conference reacts after a dunk during the 2015 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2015 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hey, that was a pretty fun little NBA All-Star Game!  The West beat the East 163-158 in the highest scoring contest in the game’s history.  We got several highlight plays, a fourth quarter where the players on the court actually looked like they cared about the outcome, and Carmelo Anthony went out with a bang for this season by shooting 2-13 from downtown in front of his home fans.  Then there was MVP Russell Westbrook.

The OKC point guard exploded for a 41 point outburst in just 26 minutes.  Westbrook finished just 1 point shy of tying the all-time mark in the ASG set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.  Even in an All-Star Game that’s pretty impressive.  As a fan of basketball, we should all sit back and enjoy these world class athletes exhibiting the best of their God given talents.  We should all be happy for Westbrook that he got his chance to shine on one of the sport’s biggest stages and congratulate him on his award.

Well, almost all of us.

I know Skip Bayless has had it out for Russell Westbrook for years and this is just another example of why he’s the worst and another example of ESPN dragging us all into the gutter, etc, etc, etc.  That’s all ground we’ve covered a million times before.

But purely from a personal, psychological standpoint… you’ve gotta be pretty off-kilter to take serious umbrage with how many shots a guy gets in an All-Star contest.  Isn’t it worth taking a serious glance at your priorities if you’re going to get heated over what happens in an exhibition game?  Why choose to go through life so miserably?  I mean, Skip knows this game didn’t count and was supposed to just be for fun, right?

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