These NBA playoffs, at some level, always have been about Miami forward LeBron James his failures and ultimately his bid for redemption.
He is not alone, not at all.
Only Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook is playing for salvation, not redemption. He has to save himself from an image created a year ago as kind of a PITA a Pain In The A that is not entirely fair and definitely not true.
Westbrook has been called selfish, a punk, an anathema to Kevin Durant and an awful point guard. Reporters have used him as a platform to relive basketball glory real and imagined on how to best play his role. He has been criticized and vilified and otherwise categorized.
Most of this is media wanting Westbrook to be an athlete in an image we feel comfortable with, a happy-happy nice guy. And a little of this is his own doing because of how he handled himself in the playoffs a year ago.
This is probably a good time to mention I like Westbrook, how he plays and how he acts. The world...