Russell Westbrook is entering a new era in his career with the Houston Rockets. After spending his entire 11-year NBA career with the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he got to win several individual awards, Brodie is set to take the world by storm with James Harden and the Rockets, trying to bring a championship to the Toyota Center.
After earning a bunch of individual honors with the Thunder, NBA fans think it’s about time for Russ to demonstrate what he can do besides all those awards and triple-doubles he recorded on a nightly basis with OKC.
Russ and the Thunder knew the time to part ways had arrived, which is why they agreed to send the All-Star guard to Houston. According to Basketball Hall of Famer Grant Hill, Russ joined the Rockets and reunited with former teammate Harden to prove that he’s more than just some bulked stats and can actually help a team win a championship.
“I think the good thing for that situation… I thought last year, [Westbrook] did a really good job allowing Paul George to emerge and have a spectacular, almost MVP-like season with OKC,” Hill said, via Ben DuBose of USA Today.
“Sometimes as a player, you want to prove that you can be at that level on your own. [Westbrook] is at a point now where I think he wants to prove he can win.”
He also added that Westbrook shouldn’t have any problem sharing touches with Harden, as he proved that he can play alongside another star last season when he let Paul George take the reins of the Thunder for a big chunk of the campaign.
“Harden obviously is a great player,” Hill said of the Beard and the frenetic duo the two stars are going to make. “It’s Harden’s team.
“A lot will depend on how Westbrook and how he comes into the situation. But I thought last year was actually a good thing for him, in terms of accepting that another player can emerge and be great, as Paul George was.”
The former Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic star is not wrong with his statements. Russ is a great player and, as he stated during his introductory conference with the Rockets, he knows it’s Harden’s team. Westbrook made it clear that he landed in Houston to win a championship with the Rockets and he won’t stop until doing so.