“Our legs are pretty much everything,” Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, another quick-twitch point guard who is recovering from a serious knee injury, told reporters earlier this month. “We use our speed. (Rose is) very athletic. I'm athletic. And you need that mental aspect to go up and come down without thinking about your leg again.”
In recent practices, Westbrook has participated in a few of the team drills, even wowing teammates with some dunks.
But the Thunder has remained cautious in its recovery stance, preaching that the long-term with Westbrook is far more important than short-term goals.
OKC got an up-close look at the benefit of that approach on Wednesday night.
“Take his time,” Rose said when asked advice he would give Westbrook. “He's the only one who knows his body. There's no need to force anything.”
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