By buying and selling for Russell Westbrook, the Washington Wizards not solely acquired probably the most completed gamers within the NBA, they introduced in one of many extra mercurial athletes in sports activities. Westbrook is a lightning rod of types with a larger-than-life persona and a method of basketball that clashes with the analytics crowd.
Westbrook has typically been closed off to the media, which hasn’t helped, because it has allowed others to fill within the gaps and converse for him. At his introductory press convention with the Wizards, he was requested for he believes he’s misunderstood.
He had clearly thought a superb deal about it.
“The place would you like me to start out? Hear, I believe the underlining factor about that’s 90 % or one hundred pc of it’s not even true. Plenty of instances, the issues which might be made up are by those that don’t really know me to have the ability to say something about me or what I’m about, or what I consider in,” Westbrook mentioned, maybe referring to rumors about him as a teammate.
“So, numerous it sort of goes in a single ear and out the opposite. However I believe the largest factor for me is simply sort of being myself, which is simple. Being myself is real and constant and understanding. Clearly, I’m not the best man to know or watch play, or no matter individuals might imagine. However as a teammate, me as an individual and as a father, that’s crucial half to me. I stand robust and proceed to uplift my teammates and organizations and encourage individuals around the globe. That’s sort of all I fear about is impacting and provoking. That’s one thing I’ve been with since Day 1 and that’s crucial half about me; with the ability to have this platform and use it to affect and encourage new individuals around the globe as a result of I’ve been blessed to have the ability to accomplish that. I really feel like that’s my blessing, to have the ability to affect and encourage as many individuals as attainable.”
Westbrook could have averted specifics with some issues, however he did clarify what he feels is most vital in his life and that’s household and giving again. Throughout his press convention, Westbrook made point out a number of instances how his first precedence is fatherhood.
Now Wizards followers will get a greater sense of Westbrook the basketball participant and the character. Head coach Scott Brooks already is aware of him effectively, having frolicked with him in Oklahoma Metropolis when the 2 have been with the Thunder.
Brooks mentioned one false impression about Westbrook is that he’s troublesome to educate.
“He was one of many best guys that I’ve ever coached,” he mentioned.
Brooks additionally mentioned there’s one other factor individuals do not find out about Westbrook: he is low cost. Again when Brooks was teaching the Thunder and Westbrook was 4 or 5 years into the league, they occurred to be on the identical business flight heading again to OKC. Brooks took his seat in top notch and was stunned to see Westbrook, then a budding NBA star, fly coach.
“He mentioned ‘I am not going to spend an additional $300 after I’ll get there [at the same time],'” Brooks recalled.
Possibly Westbrook’s time in Washington will shed extra mild on who the true Russell Westbrook really is.