Russell Westbrook talks to young boy who pushed him on sidelines

Associated Press

Don’t touch the players.

Occasionally players will high-five people courtside, crash into them and spill a beer chasing a ball, and there is trash talk, but a person sitting courtside risks getting tossed from the arena if they reach out touch a player.

Which is what a young Nuggets fan did to Russell Westbrook on Tuesday night — standing, reaching out and pushing him — and Westbrook handled it like a patient father.

Westbrook said he spoke to the dad about this, not the boy.

It was a young boy making a mistake, and Westbrook is a father. He gets that, and good on everyone for not letting this go over the top.

But you can’t touch players during a game.