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April 24, 2013

When it comes to athleticism, few are in Westbrook’s league

NORMAN — One of the greatest television programs during the 1970s was a show called Supertars that spun off from Wide World of Sports. It was an all-around sports competition that pitted elite athletes from different sports against one another in various athletic events. They included the 100-yard dash, 800-meter run, an obstacle course, weightlifting, bowling, rowing, tennis, basketball, bicycle racing, shooting and swimming.

To the chagrin of die-hard sports fans, the show no longer exists. But if it did, more than likely Russell Westbrook would be a favorite to win it every year.

“I think Russell at his position is similar to LeBron in terms of size, speed, power and athleticism,” Oklahoma City’s Derek Fisher said. “So it’s tough to compare. You don’t see it anywhere else. That’s what makes him special.”

Facing Houston on Sunday, Westbrook showed just how special of an athlete he is. With only 5.6 seconds left on the clock before halftime, the 6-foot-3, 187-pound guard took an inbound pass and raced from end line to end line in just four seconds for a layup.

“Just tried to get a basket,” Westbrook said. “When time is short like that, you got to find a way to get the best shot possible for your team. That’s what I tried to do.”

It would be one thing if Westbrook had run down the court in a straight line. But to do it while dribbling a basketball and maneuvering around defenders made it a special play for even those who see him every day.

“When he’s in that situation, a lot of times he settles for the jump shot,” Brooks said. “But he can get there as fast as anyone in the league. It’s three seconds and he’s at the basket. That was a big play for us. You can’t ever take a possession off when you guard him.”

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