Russell Westbrook is set to start a new chapter in his career with the Houston Rockets, where he’s reunited with James Harden. Russ had a great tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder, becoming the league MVP in 2017, posting great numbers on a nightly basis.
Given his style of play, many people wonder how he’s going to manage to share touches with James Harden since they both are ball-dominant players. Well, that doesn’t seem to be a huge problem for Brodie, who showed his confidence in his new team and his willingness to play off the ball if that means he eventually can win a title.
“I don’t have to have the ball to impact the game,” Westbrook said, via ESPN. “I don’t have to score, I don’t have to do anything. I can defend, I can rebound, I can pass, I can lead. Our main goal, main focus, is to win. I can go be scoreless, and if we win, that’s the best thing that ever happened. That’s all I cared about, and that’s all I ever cared about.
“When it comes to me and James playing together, who’s going to have the ball, who’s not going to have the ball, it really doesn’t matter. I don’t have to prove I can score 30 points. I’ve done that before. I don’t have to prove to average 10 assists. I’ve done that before. I don’t have to prove to get 10, 11 rebounds. I’ve done that before. My goal is to win a championship, so whatever it takes to do that, that’s what I’m going to do.”
As usual, things look easy on paper, but when the time comes and they have to share responsibilities on the floor and decide who gets the last shot in a game, that’s when troubles start. Nevertheless, Westbrook and Harden have shown they are really good friends and both had displayed his excitement to play together.
Perhaps finding a way to make their partnership work for the team’s sake won’t be so hard at all, but right now things don't look that promising.