Russell Westbrook: Olympics will be 'a dream come true for me'

Q&A: Thunder guard talks about selection to U.S. Olympic team
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 7, 2012
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photo - USA men's basketball national team members Russell Westbrook, left, hangs out with teammate Kobe Bryant after practice at the Mendenhall Center on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas on Friday, July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean) ORG XMIT: NVLAS209
USA men's basketball national team members Russell Westbrook, left, hangs out with teammate Kobe Bryant after practice at the Mendenhall Center on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas on Friday, July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean) ORG XMIT: NVLAS209

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will be one of 12 players to compete for Team USA in the upcoming Olympics. It will be Westbrook's first Olympic experience. He recently talked about his anticipation for the upcoming games.

Q: What are you looking forward to with USA Basketball this summer?

Just having an opportunity to play with the group of guys that's going to be on the team, an opportunity to represent our country. It should be fun.

How do you think the 2010 FIBA World Championship experience helped you?

A lot. That was my first time playing in the World Championships or Euro basketball, period. It was a great experience and that was one of the most fun experiences I had in my life.

What's it like being around so many other NBA stars?

It's crazy, because you really never know how they are as people. You kind of just see them on the court and don't say much. Well, I don't say nothing. But you don't talk to them as much. When you get an opportunity to hang with them outside of it, it's kind of cool.

To go through it with Kevin Durant, what's that going to be like for you guys?

It'll be great, man. I mean, Kevin and me, we can both go through this together. Hopefully we have another opportunity to win another medal together. We're just going to embrace it and have fun.

Did you have dreams of Olympics when you were a kid?

Nah (laughs). I never did, man. I don't know. I never really dreamed about playing (in the Olympics). I always seen it. I always watched them, but I never had dreams that I thought I'll be playing. So this will definitely be a great experience and a dream come true for me.


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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OLYMPIC TEAMMATES

NBA teammates who have competed together in the Olympic Games.

1992

Chicago Bulls: Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen

Utah Jazz: John Stockton and Karl Malone

1996

Orlando Magic: Anfernee Hardaway and Shaquille O'Neal.

Utah Jazz: John Stockton and Karl Malone

2000

Seattle SuperSonics: Gary Payton and Vin Baker

Miami Heat: Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning

2004

Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James and Carlos Boozer

Phoenix Suns: Shawn Marion and Amar'e Stoudemire

2008

Utah Jazz: Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer

2012

OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden

Los Angeles Clippers: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin

New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler

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