What they're saying about Russell Westbrook

by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 15, 2013
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All-Star players and coaches discuss Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.

San Antonio guard Tony Parker: “For me, Russell is one of the best. He's a tough cover. He comes at you. He's very, very aggressive. He's like me, very relentless, always attacking.”

Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving: “He's probably the most athletic guard in our league. He proves that day to day and he plays hard every single night. It's a pleasure going against him. You get his best every night.”

Philadelphia guard Jrue Holiday: “I think a lot of times when people start missing shots and when they lose confidence they lose that aggression, too. But you can tell with him he never stops. If he's going to go down, he's going to go down swinging.”

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra: “I love his competitive spirit. He's a force of nature. You feel that competitive force coming at you during a game.”

Brooklyn center Brook Lopez: “He just wants to win every game, whether it's a NBA championship or an open game. It's incredible to see and it can't help but rub off.”

New York forward Carmelo Anthony: “I actually had a chance to play with him this summer, so I know his will to win. He gets very emotional during the games. You can just feel how motivated he is out there on the basketball court.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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