Russell Westbrook took exception to a young Nuggets fan making contact with him in the third quarter of Tuesday night's game.
Westbrook briefly chatted with the boy and his father who were seated courtside, and told reporters that fans are given too much leeway with players.
Russ finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists in the OKC Thunder's 121-112 road loss in Denver.
For The Oklahoman:
"I hit me," Westbrook said, "So I told his dad, 'be careful, man, you can not have your son just hitting random people. I do not know him, I do not know me. So, just letting him know, 'You've just got to control your kids.' "
At the end of the conversation, Westbrook gave the young fan a reassuring pat on the leg. Westbrook said at first he did not know who touched him. I just felt contact
"For all fans though, there's too much leeway for the fans to be able to touch the players and get away with it, and then you can not react and do the things that we need to do to protect ourselves. … But I can not do anything. What am I going to do, hop in the stands? But there has to be some kind of rule or some kind of boundaries set that you can not allow that. "
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