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Mark Cuban coming around to the obvious conclusion that Russell Westbrook is a superstar

Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 23: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dribbles the ball against the Dallas Mavericks during game four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 23, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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During last year’s playoffs, Mark Cuban infamously said Russell Westbrook isn’t a superstar (much to Kevin Durant’s chagrin). Even with Westbrook elevating his play after Durant left the Thunder for the Warriors, the Mavericks owner stubbornly held onto his already-wrong opinion.

Cuban might finally be relenting.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

I don’t know why it’s so hard for Cuban just to call Westbrook a superstar. Cuban likes publicity, and this (somewhat faux) controversy generates it. But Cuban just looks foolish. I’m not sure that’s worth the tradeoff.