Darrell Walker Rumors

Darrell Walker gathered his Arkansas-Little Rock basketball team together in early December. “After practice one day,” he said by phone this week, “my players got in a huddle. And one of the players said, ‘They traded for Westbrook, so you know your triple-double record is gone.’ I started laughing. I knew it was just a matter of time.” Walker’s 15 triple-doubles with the then-Washington Bullets stood as the franchise’s record in the category for 30 years. But then, as now, Walker’s feats were overshadowed.
Walker has heard the criticism in some quarters that Westbrook hunts rebounds, particularly after missed free throws. “I went after rebounds, too,” he said. “That’s part of your job. Him not hunting down those damn rebounds, they wouldn’t be on this win streak they’re on. You could say Moses Malone hunted rebounds, that he threw the ball up off the glass to get offensive rebounds. Social media, Twitter, and a lot of sportswriters who really don’t know the game have access to players. I tell you what – Beal likes playing with him. He’s not taking away from Beal. Beal’s still getting 30 points a night. Fat Lever (10th all-time in career triple-doubles, with 43) played with Danny Schayes and Blair Rassumussen and all those guys. I bet you Westbrook wouldn’t stop Dennis Rodman from leading the league in rebounding. Rebounding is about contact, especially if you’re offensive rebounding.”
“I went after rebounds, too,” he said. “That’s part of your job. Him not hunting down those damn rebounds, they wouldn’t be on this win streak they’re on. You could say Moses Malone hunted rebounds, that he threw the ball up off the glass to get offensive rebounds. Social media, Twitter, and a lot of sportswriters who really don’t know the game have access to players. I tell you what – Beal likes playing with him. He’s not taking away from Beal. Beal’s still getting 30 points a night. Fat Lever (10th all-time in career triple-doubles, with 43) played with Danny Schayes and Blair Rassumussen and all those guys. I bet you Westbrook wouldn’t stop Dennis Rodman from leading the league in rebounding. Rebounding is about contact, especially if you’re offensive rebounding.” Added Walker, “You can’t be selfish getting triple-doubles. You would be doing him a disservice as a coach if you told him not to be aggressive. If he doesn’t play hard, he’s not a good basketball player.”
“I really wasn’t aware of [the record] until early in the year when Westbrook was traded from Houston to Washington,” Walker told NBC Sports Washington. “A couple of my players said ‘Coach, your triple-doubles record is getting ready to be broken pretty soon.’ I said what happened? They said Westbrook got traded to the Wizards. I said ‘well yeah, that won’t last long.’ I knew it was coming.”