Russell Westbrook falls down trying block shots after the whistle | History of “The Garnett Rule”
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It all started during Kevin Garnett’s rookie year during a game delay against the Indiana Pacers. While the shot clock was being fixed, Reggie Miller decided to use that time to take a few shots…KG decided to use that time to reject every one of them. Ever since then, KG has made an conscious effort to swat every single jump shot and layup taken after a whistle. It doesn’t help or hurt the stats of any team or player but it can have a mental effect on a player.
Last night, Russell Westbrook played the part of Kevin Garnett and started swatting some post whistle shots, ironically against the Indiana Pacers, but ended up falling down and potentially injuring himself on a 2nd rejection.
The fall/Fail by Westbrook is probably the biggest backfire in the history of players doing “The Garnett Rule.” The previous winner was Dwight Howard who rejected a shot by Allen Iverson only to have Iverson get the ball back and shoot an unblockable shot.
Westbrook officially finished the game with 0 blocks and missed 16 of his 23 shots in the 6 point loss to the Pacers.
THE ORIGIN OF THE GARNETT RULE