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October 28, 2016 | 12:18 pm EDT Update
The changing tide from #BlameRuss to #TeamRuss over the past few years hasn’t gone unnoticed to Westbrook, who flashed that gap-toothed grin when asked if he’d noticed the difference in how he’s now perceived. “A little bit,” Westbrook told The Vertical. “But at the same time, I’ve got to keep the same way, because I’ve been on the other side. I’m definitely appreciative of all the support and I’m definitely thankful for that, and every night I just go out and play the same way.”
“The only time I felt like lashing out was with something that disrespected my family, or my mom, my dad. Anything of that nature. But for me, I can handle anything,” Westbrook told The Vertical. “Honestly, I stay even-keel throughout the good stuff, the bad stuff, because I always pay attention to my family and people that’s important to me. People I stand by. I like to have fun and enjoy the game and I just go out and play. Criticism for me goes in one ear and out the other.”
October 28, 2016 | 11:13 am EDT Update
Valanciunas, the burly Lithuanian and expected Cavs’ pick, went one spot later, No. 5 overall to the Toronto Raptors. “It’s only a surprise if you didn’t watch the workouts,” Thompson said following Thursday’s practice before heading to Toronto. “If you ask ownership and coach (Byron) Scott and CG (Former GM Chris Grant) and even Griff (General Manager David Griffin), if you watched the workouts, there’s some other guys in that workout that probably shouldn’t have went in the pick they went, but, we won’t get into that. It was not a surprise.”