I remember last time some dumbass reporter asked did the Jazz win tonight or did you guys lose? And then westbrook left. Tbh a lot of these questions are asinine but it is also kind of rude
The dynamics here are more subtle than being a dumbass reporter.
I'm sure if they had every freedom in the world, they'd as guys if they had too much pussy last night and needed a rest day, or how much he lost at cards, but they need to ask boring generic questions or the player will act like an imbecile like Westbrook did, or the league will shut them down, or countless other dynamics that keep the show clean and tidy for public consumption and league image. Do you actually believe these interviews are news? It's not. It's just a wheel in the publicity machine. The newspaper wants a juicy tidbit, but it's unlikely to happen, and the league can cut them off at the drop of a hat, so it's a fine line.
Being a reporter in these situations is a no win. You're a total weenie in the face of a superstar over-ego'd athlete and can get treated like you're a nothing at the player's whim. So yeah, reporters ask inane stupid questions, but you seem to think asking real questions is allowed. To suggest the player doesn't know this reporter's question is just a cog in the publicity wheel suggests the person listening for a different result is actually the stupid one.
Westbrook acted like a total asshole, nothing will happen. If the reporter did that, you'd have a different outcome.