By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Enjoying an abbreviated offseason in the city he once starred, Russell Westbrook made a quick business stop on Tuesday night.
The Thunder guard, wearing gold shoes and glasses to go along with some strange salmon pants, showed up at ESPN’s Los Angeles studio, joining the late SportsCenter for an interview and promotional segment.
ESPN anchor Neil Everett conducted the brief conversation, joking with Westbrook about his glasses before asking him the expected questions. You know, the ones every Thunder star has been getting the past few weeks. Throw in a combination of Olympics, NBA Finals and Lakers discussion, just mix up the words you use to ask them.
Here’s the transcript:
What’s the best story you can tell us off the court in London?
RW: Just meeting other athletes, enjoying the time there. It’s amazing how they come up to you so excited to see you.
What was the most memorable thing on the court?
RW: Has to be us winning the gold medal. It was a great feeling for me, we had a great group of guys and it was fun.
What’s it like to play in the NBA Finals against a team that features LeBron James, lose, and then go to London and be on his team?
RW: It was a little weird at first because I’m definitely still not over the fact that we lost. But LeBron is a cool dude, a good guy and he didn’t throw it in our face or nothing, so it was cool.
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, they picked up Steve Nash and Dwight Howard during the offseason. Does that make the Lakers the team to beat in the West?
RW: It makes them a better team. I think with those two guys they become dominant on the inside and outside. They will definitely be a team to beat.
Do you know the date of the first Lakers-Thunder game this season (Friday, Jan. 11)?
RW: Not yet, I haven’t looked over the calendar, but I definitely will circle it.
Also, here’s a fun behind the scenes interview with the Foot Locker commercial participants. OKC’s Russell Westbrook and James Harden talk about their first cool pair of shoes.