Russell Westbrook had one of the worst campaigns of his life last year. Now he is determined to have a great season, even though being paired with a former rival.
Westbrook now has to play with Patrick Beverley on the Lakers, who used to be his nemesis. They went at it quite a bit and they had some bad things to say about each other in the media.
Russ was adamant that things are fine between him and Beverley. Westbrook claimed to be an easygoing guy who has never held a grudge, especially not when it’s related to battling on the court.
“[There was] no process,” Westbrook said. “I’m an easygoing guy. I don’t hold grudges against anybody—life is too short. We’ve been blessed with too many opportunities and platforms to walk around and hold grudges. I just continue to move forward. Obviously, when I’m on the court, I don’t have any friends other than that basketball and the people that’s on my team, so I compete. Other than that, off the floor, I’m just a normal guy that likes to have fun.”
Should be great news for the Lakers, who will need everyone to be getting along if they want this season to work out. After last year’s terrible, this will be a massive improvement.
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