After breaking a 55-year-old NBA record, Oscar Robertson believesThunder guard Russell Westbrook can go on and make more history.
It was a landmark day in the NBA as Westbrook set the record for the most triple-doubles in a regular season with his 42nd against the Nuggets on Sunday.
Westbrook posted 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists —including the game-winning buzzer-beater —in the thrilling 106-105win as he surpassed the Basketball Hall of Famer.
The six-time All-Star, who is averaging a triple-double for the season, also has 79 career triple-doubles as he continues to make waves, despite losing star team-mate Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors. And Robertson expressed his admiration for Westbrook post-match, the 78-year-old and 1971 champion lauding his impact on the NBA.
"I could not be happier for him. Congratulations to Russell Westbrook on a magnificent season," Robertson wrote for the Undefeated. "Westbrook's averages are similar to mine in both scoring and assists [a point higher in scoring, a digit lower in assists]. What's more, he leads the league in scoring by a comfortable margin at 31.9 points per game."
"If he stays healthy, there's no reason he couldn't eventually break my career record of 181 triple-double games.Magic Johnsonis second at 138 and Jason Kidd third at 107.
"Westbrook's journey to tie or break my single-season triple-double records has been remarkable," Robertson added, "and I'm happy to congratulate him for doing so.
"I admire Westbrook's all-around command of the game. He is a marvellous athlete who plays with intensity and flair and is exciting to watch. His performance this season is impressive. He would have been great in any era."