Q&A With OKC guard Russell Westbrook

Published: July 14, 2008
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Q: When you were taken fourth overall, a lot of people questioned you going that high. Has that motivated you any more coming in?

A: Always. It was motivation for me when I got to UCLA and some people didn't think I should be there. Now, it's the same thing all over again. But I'm going to continue to work regardless of what everybody else is saying. I'm just going to continue to work on my game and let my game speak for itself.

What has coach P.J. Carlesimo told you about his expectations for you next season?

Don't put pressure on myself. Just come out and play my game. He doesn't want me to put pressure on myself. He's just telling me to play my game and do what I do.

Do you expect to start next season?

I don't know. I don't expect to start. I'm just going to come in and try to work for as many minutes as possible and do whatever the team needs. But I'm just going to come in and try to work for my minutes.

What do you want to say to the fans who you're about to come and play in front of out here?

Just that I'm looking forward to meeting you guys and I'm happy you're having us. And I'm just looking forward to the season.

By Darnell Mayberry