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Quotes About Russell Westbrook

by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 22, 2012

Thunder GM Sam Presti, coach Scott Brooks and guard Russell Westbrook held a press conference today to announce Westbrook’s contract extension. All three had some pretty good sound bites. Here’s a sampling of what they had to say.

WESTBROOK

From day one, this is the spot I wanted to be. The organization believed in me by surprisingly picking me No. 4. A lot of guys doubted me, but from day one this organization supported me.”

Special thanks to my family. Without them, I don’t know if I would be sitting in this situation now.”

Growing up, me and my brother always said no pain, no gain. Right now, I can say I made a little gain. I’m just blessed to be in this position.”

It wasn’t something that was a problem. My agent, Sam and Clay were taking care of that. And my job was to come out every day, every night and try to find out how we could start the season off on the right foot…Once it got finished, it definitely was a big relief.”

I can say this for any player in the league. You want to be somewhere where you’re wanted. I wanted to be somewhere where I had great support, and this is the spot for me.”

Why wouldn’t you want to play with the best scorer (and maybe) the best player in the league on your team?”

BROOKS

How can you not love this guy? The guy plays with so much passion. He plays with toughness. He plays for the team. And he’s improved every month since we’ve had him.”

I like the fact that he wants to be coached. He understands than he’s not a finished product. His family has done a great job of instilling that work ethic in him.”

PRESTI

Days like today are made possible because of our owner, Clay Bennett, who’s shown unwavering support in our efforts to build and sustain and elite basketball organization. We’re fortunate to have an owner as committed as Mr. Bennett is.”

As we began our conversations with Russell about remaining with us as a core member of our organization and team, he made it abundantly clear he wanted to continue to be part of the organization, as well as this community.”

Our expectations for Russ are high, and he knows this. We expect him to continue to develop, even though he’s 23 years old, in a myriad of ways.”

The guy is so resilient. It’s really hard to keep him down. He just continues to come back and work. That’s incredibly impressive.”

-DM-

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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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