As we have known for several years, Russell Westbrook has only one friend in basketball, and his name is “Spalding”. The Wizards’ new rider is not on the field and he warns that he will not change in Washington.
« The way I play more or less misleads people about who I am, what I believe in and what I fight for “, He explained at a press conference. ” Obviously, off the field, I’m two different people. When I’m on the field I have no friends, I’m not trying to be friendly and I’m here to shake other people’s ass. I do not have time to shake hands and all that. I do not have time for this and I will never change.«
“I am not the easiest boy to understand”
Very relaxed and smiling, Westbrook insisted on this bad perception that people have of him, but also on all the rumors that have been circulating for weeks.
« What do you want me to start with? »He argues. ” Look, I think the most basic thing in all of this is that 90-100% of what you hear is not even true. Because most of the time, things are made up because people actually do not know me and are not able to say anything about me, what I am and what I believe in … The most important thing for me is to be myself, and it is easy, because that I am a loyal, genuine and understanding person. Obviously, I’m not the easiest person to agree with, but no matter what people think, look at me playing. »
In Washington, Russell Westbrook will meet Scott Brooks, his former Thunder coach, and will now team up with Bradley Bill, the NBA’s top scorer. Goal: bring the Wizards back to the playoffs. That’s his mission, but he warns that he always goes beyond basketball.
« For me, the legacy is based on the number of people I have inspired and influenced during my journey. I grew up in an endangered community. I am aware of what it is, I am aware of the difficulties and I am aware of what it is like to be black in this society. It is important that a person with power, ability and influence can take a stand. For me, that is the legacy. This is what creates a long-term legacy«
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