Russell Westbrook is on a different level and will change the Rockets - Tilman Fertitta | First Take

  • Published on Sep 17, 2019
  • Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta joins First Take to discuss the chemistry between James Harden and Russell Westbrook, says "the handcuffs are off" moving forward with team decisions and airs his frustrations with Houston’s inability to make shots at the end of games.
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Comments • 571

  • Isaiah Smith
    Isaiah Smith 7 days ago

    I really like this guy

  • Henry Krause
    Henry Krause 13 days ago

    Molly should read the book

    TAY AND FRIENDS 16 days ago


  • yap dem
    yap dem 20 days ago

    This guy is a better more enthusiastic owner than Alexander who I never liked... Who takes trophies that the team won with him??? What a douche love Tilman 's fire and desire.

  • Mister Clutch
    Mister Clutch 22 days ago

    Where is the Manimal?
    Can somebody with a credible NBA platform get that question answered!
    Let's go Rockets!

  • Genxtasy 99
    Genxtasy 99 23 days ago

    Fool with too much money

  • Er Jon
    Er Jon 24 days ago

    It’ always ends up bad when the owner of a
    NBA team is talking about how they’re gonna “win now”

  • J Money
    J Money 25 days ago +1

    Russ isn’t ever gonna make more of an impact than Cp3 did in the 2018 WCF

    • J Money
      J Money 15 days ago

      Sydney Cole 33 at the time and I dont think russ will ever play that good for them. Cp3 was on a mission against GS that season and was an injury away from beating them.

    • Sydney Cole
      Sydney Cole 15 days ago

      J Money Cp3 was 34 and past his prime. Westbrook is in his prime

    • Zane Eubank
      Zane Eubank 25 days ago +1

      J Money 😂😂😂😂😂

  • tintman831
    tintman831 26 days ago

    Yeah hes lower

  • vtownboxingfan
    vtownboxingfan 26 days ago

    Just when it was getting interesting you cut it off??

  • mrhoopfan
    mrhoopfan 26 days ago

    We'll see....tradituonally D'Antoni has struggled when he doesn't have the players to fit his system

  • Uchawi Beatz
    Uchawi Beatz 26 days ago

    Rockets' owner is delusional. The Rockets are good but not as good as he thinks

  • Tony Bell
    Tony Bell 26 days ago

    Western conference final lost is an early exit

  • e.d. rash
    e.d. rash 26 days ago


  • RazTopics
    RazTopics 26 days ago

    Rockets are a threat at the end of the day they swapped cp3 for Westbrook. Kept the squad. I’m a laker fan and Rockets are more of a problem than bootleg Clippers

  • Arthur Storrslll
    Arthur Storrslll 27 days ago

    The rockets won't win the title

  • Bammy TV
    Bammy TV 27 days ago +6

    No. 153 on Forbes 400 list of " Welathiest " Americans. Lol 6:01

  • United South Enterprises LLC

    We in Houston ride with him he’s a true Htown rider.

  • Dmav 27
    Dmav 27 27 days ago

    Man, i wish I just had .01% of this guys net worth, is that to much to ask?

  • Alex Collazo
    Alex Collazo 27 days ago

    Straight trippin’

  • Preston  Workman
    Preston Workman 27 days ago

    anybody else think this guy said a whole lot of nothing? just me?

  • Derrick Williamson
    Derrick Williamson 27 days ago

    that was not a random question . you people really are. Something else . liars comes to mind

  • Derrick Williamson
    Derrick Williamson 27 days ago

    No he was unjustifiably given second in the MVP race because we all know he was better than that dude in every way but again the NBA is a rigged league and they use you guys the commentators to brainwash the public into thinking that it was correct that decision couldn't have been more wrong and we all know that and we know what it was from the start that made the league didn't give James Harden the MVP award because they don't like him plain and simple and it shows in the way they're trying to already take the spotlight off of James Harden and give it to Russell Westbrook not to mention just not too long ago Westbrook was the scum of the Earth to all of the commentators they couldn't badmouth him any more than they had already done and now all of a sudden he's the Saviour for the Rockets get the f*** out of here man

  • Richard Club
    Richard Club 27 days ago

    Richclu🅱️ Rockets

  • Andre Alexander
    Andre Alexander 27 days ago +2

    This is how you floss everyone take notes. This man is worth 4.9 billion yet you don’t see any flashy chains, jewelry etc. A simple blazer and collar shirt will suffice

    • Michael Brewer
      Michael Brewer 26 days ago

      So what If it wasn't for flashy brothers no one would give a dam about sports

  • Lucien
    Lucien 27 days ago +1

    no shade on westbrook but I dont see rockets doing better than they did with 1st season they had cp3.

    • Lucien
      Lucien 27 days ago

      @ISOSOL that coach doesnt like mid range tho. its either 3s or in the paint. one thing that can work though is russ can drive to suck in defenders and feed ball out for 3 point shot.

    • ISOSOL
      ISOSOL 27 days ago

      Lucien ur right but I feel Danton’i has Westbrook working on his jumpsuit as we speak if he can bring his midrange to 45% it might get dangerous out here

    • Lucien
      Lucien 27 days ago +1

      @ISOSOL I guess just watch. I mean. They were up 3-2 on WCF series vs A full strength Warriors team until cp3 got injured. So as much as westbrook brings to the table in intensity and athleticism, it is still hard to replace what cp3 does. even if he is older and his body is declining. time will tell, but i dont see them doing better this season.

    • ISOSOL
      ISOSOL 27 days ago

      Lucien there’s no 2 mvps with 2 all stars on the same team to stop them as long as they stay healthy Nd can find the right system they can beat anybody honestly

  • Jacob
    Jacob 27 days ago +3

    The reason the rockets were so good was because cp3’s basketball iq balanced out harden’s shortcomings. Russ is like harden except worse shooting and worse iq. If they win a chip I’ll be surprised but I’ll also respect it

    FRANK MATTHEWS JR 27 days ago +1


  • Steve Murphy
    Steve Murphy 27 days ago


  • James Worthy
    James Worthy 27 days ago

    westbrook & harden got a team

    GAMEZSTAA 27 days ago

    Who's winning the Eastern Conference? Raptors, Nets, Bucks or 76ers?

      GAMEZSTAA 25 days ago

      @Leven 727 The Magic are underrated. They have some pieces to work with.

    • Leven 727
      Leven 727 27 days ago

      Orlando Magic

  • Sean Germaine
    Sean Germaine 27 days ago

    Tilman Fertitta a moron ahhahahahaha

  • Ba Hashem Yeshua
    Ba Hashem Yeshua 27 days ago

    An Italian Cowboy???

  • cedie p0tp0t
    cedie p0tp0t 27 days ago

    I hope the rockets will face the trailblazers in the first round so Dame can wave Russel goodbye AGAIN

    • Ten Thirty
      Ten Thirty 27 days ago

      He got hot and cooled off dramatically against the Warriors!

  • Luc Patté
    Luc Patté 28 days ago

    The rockets now have to trade for KD as soon as possible.

  • Yiftah Barouch
    Yiftah Barouch 28 days ago

    Stephen A's book title: "You're wrong. Here's why..."

      YUNG MUGGSY 15 days ago

      Yiftah Barouch more like “ your wrong but you made a point without realising it”

  • Thank You
    Thank You 28 days ago +1

    Yeah the same level where he couldn't get it done with Durant or George, it's not going to be any better with Harden hahahaha, these people are funny. All hype

  • Shawn Michael
    Shawn Michael 28 days ago +1

    More proof billionaires aren't geniuses. A casino? Really?

    • sjchac
      sjchac 23 days ago

      @Shawn Michael it's an expression obviously

    • Shawn Michael
      Shawn Michael 24 days ago

      sjchac Self made as a white man is an oxymoron. No one exists in a vacuum.

    • sjchac
      sjchac 25 days ago

      What? Lol. You might want to look up how he came up. Self made.

  • UnknownSavagery
    UnknownSavagery 28 days ago

    Different level of inefficiency

  • Infinity Mixtapes
    Infinity Mixtapes 28 days ago

    There’s rich mfers. And then there’s the niggas paying them. This dude on another level

  • michael jordan
    michael jordan 28 days ago +3

    If Westbrook stopped shooting he may actually be good

    • makis papachristou
      makis papachristou 23 days ago

      If you stopped saying too much BS you may actually not be a DUMBASS

  • michael jordan
    michael jordan 28 days ago +2

    Westbrook sucks!!!

    • makis papachristou
      makis papachristou 23 days ago

      (H) Having
      (A) Anger
      (T) Towards
      (E) Everyone
      (R) Reaching
      (S) Success

    • makis papachristou
      makis papachristou 23 days ago

      If Russell Westbrook, a multimillionaire NBA superstar, All Star, All NBA performer, top 50 player ever, a future 1st ballot HOF who by the way has accomplished a ton more things than you in his life "sUcKs"...THEN WHAT WORD WOULD DESCRIBE YOU??? AHH DUMBASS HATER??? STFU. FOR GOD'S SAKE. SHOW SOME RESPECT.

  • 1Radioriot
    1Radioriot 28 days ago


  • Doug Wallen
    Doug Wallen 28 days ago

    Everybody knows I'm a fan of the champ and MJ but don't sleep on the Rockets this year I'm telling you I got a feeling

  • Snipersss ForLife
    Snipersss ForLife 28 days ago +1

    Russel left me

  • Roland Gharfine
    Roland Gharfine 28 days ago

    Lol yeah sure, first round exit for the Rockets this year. The west is N-A-S-T-Y. Watch and see.

  • danny huang
    danny huang 28 days ago +1

    Lets go Goatbrook

  • Jay Towerz
    Jay Towerz 28 days ago

    i didnt know who he was but i knew he was associated with the rockets by that title

  • Brandon Ohara
    Brandon Ohara 28 days ago

    As long as Mike D'Antoni is the coach they will never win a championship! Not saying he's a bad coach because he is a good coach but look at his history!

  • River
    River 28 days ago

    What some fans don't understand is owners tag players with the cash amounts they receive...big money owners out bid smaller ones.. So stop blaming the players!!!duh!

  • Christopher
    Christopher 28 days ago

    I was trying to not like this guy because he is an “owner” but he’s a good man

  • Thunder Ball
    Thunder Ball 28 days ago +14

    Houston Thunder Basketball!

  • Dallah Bills
    Dallah Bills 28 days ago

    This could be good.

  • Lil Wooo
    Lil Wooo 28 days ago

    Anyone that says “he couldn’t win with KD, PG, Oladipo” are clearly casuals..a few people actually have broken it down with actual intelligent arguments on why they think it won’t work but majority of y’all in this comment section are just haters that will be proven wrong...also if your going to reply to this comment I suggest you do your research....I been schooling casual all day so don’t waste my time.

  • John Huang
    John Huang 28 days ago

    The name of the book was just pure stupidity

    • Calvin Bacu
      Calvin Bacu 28 days ago

      The title can be as stupid as Go fish, but the name behind it will equal it out

  • nice bendy
    nice bendy 28 days ago

    ok i need a answer what will be the difference with russell i mean they might start good in the regular season but are we going to get the same disappointment in the playoffs. Im trying to figure out whats so special with westbrooke now. Everybody is giving the rockets the thumbs up now be we dont know if this chemistry is going to work. they might be good going against the lakers but what about the golden state who they have lost to 4 to 5 times in a row to in the playoffs. What difference will it be this year. Which i think personally it will be no difference if they still using that same game book play they been using for the past 4 to 5 years.

  • JoshJonesJr1
    JoshJonesJr1 28 days ago

    65+ win season, second round exit, same old rockets. Westbrook and Harden winning a ring??! what are Rockets fans thinking. Even when they each won MVP, neither of them were considered the best player in the league

  • worken360
    worken360 28 days ago

    Rockets will get knocked out again, two guys who care more about themselves in the team. Yeah that will work.

  • kathy Johson
    kathy Johson 28 days ago

    Love me some Brody!!! Cant wait to see Russ with the Rockets!!!😎😎😎

  • The Life Of The Edwards Family

    That new book sound like a good read for Molly

    • Kristaps V
      Kristaps V 28 days ago

      why? Because she can be annoying? :D