Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook has been fond of his celebrations in recent years, and he popularized this “on fire” celebration.
Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook has been fond of celebrations in recent years, and he popularized this “on fire” celebration en route to his first NBA All-Star MVP in 2016.
Westbrook was out for revenge, recording 31 points while having to play alongside Kevin Durant, who had just left him to join the Warriors. However, Frank Kaminsky of the Hornets claims to be the creator of the celebration and even has a name for it.
“Nah that’s me,” said Kaminsky when asked about using the celebration, which was popularized by Westbrook. “It’s called ‘the hot guy.’ I’m taking credit for it.”
For Kaminsky, the “hot guy” is his go-to 3-point celebration, and it was in full effect when he made a pair of shots from deep Friday in his team’s 113-107 victory over the Nuggets. He’s a skilled shooting 7-footer that can stretch the floor. Westbrook first did the celebration after making a shot from behind the arc, but he’s not shooting so well from deep this season. Westbrook is currently shooting 23.2 percent from range, while Kaminsky has a mark of 35.5 percent.
Westbrook has donned a new signature celebration this time around. When he uses his strength and explosiveness to overpower weaker opponents, he likes to rock an invisible baby to sleep. He looks at it as “child’s play.”
Russell Westbrook & Vince Carter exchange words
Tyler Dorsey loves it
Russ & Vince each get a tech
Russ hits a shot
Then does his rock the baby celebration!
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) December 1, 2018