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Russell Westbrook Says He Doesn't Need The Ball To Impact The Game

(via CBS Sports)

(via CBS Sports)

Over the course of his 11-year career, Russell Westbrook has heard more than his fair share of criticism. Whether it's folks getting on him for his isolation play, poor shooting, or aggressive personality, Russ has become one of the most scrutinized players in the league.

It all came to a head last season in OKC when Westbrook was branded as an overrated star who could never win a Championship.

He was traded to Houston after things took a turn for the worst, but will anything change? With James Harden and a new system behind him, there are hopes that they can find some success. There are also doubts that their playstyles will fit.

But according to Westbrook, his game does not require the ball in his hands.

"I don't have to have the ball to impact the game, 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."

Russ is a guy who usually controls the pace of his offense. He passes and scores, but the ball always goes through him.

If we are to believe his words, then we may see something different this season in Houston. In fact, if things are to work, something will have to give.

It seems Russ is willing to do what it takes.