“I could go down a list for myself, it's not one particular thing,” Westbrook said when asked what he wants to improve on this summer. “I'm just going to come back and try to just be better, just be a better leader, just a better player overall, defender, just come back and try to do it all to make sure we come back with the same mindset and be hungrier next year.”
Kevin Durant said he saw Westbrook take strides as a leader this season.
“Russell was great this year at helping everybody out, being more vocal, controlling his emotions a little bit more and just leaving it all out there for the team,” Durant said. “You see one of your main guys doing that, you don't have nothing to do but follow it.”
GOING NEXT LEVEL
Forward Nick Collison said the next level for the Thunder is all upstairs
“For us, that level comes mentally,” Collison said. “We've done really well. We've come such a long way. But the next step for us, I think, is being able to sustain longer periods of that mental sharpness to where the only thing in our mind is playing this possession the best way for our team. The more we can get to where that's just who we are the better we'll be.”
Thunder coach Scott Brooks on LeBron James' performance in the NBA Finals — “It wasn't natural what he was doing on the court. You don't see that often. He was at a special level that I've never seen before.”
By Darnell Mayberry