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Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook
Position: G
Born: 11/12/88
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $44,211,146
Russell Westbrook made up for his unceremonious exit from Wednesday’s loss to Indiana by showing up ready to play in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 116-105 win over the Magic on Friday, starting their six-game road trip off right. “My job as a player, as a professional, is to do my job, continue to find ways to be able to help impact winning,” Westbrook said after finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. “That’s all I was thinking about and turned the page to do and that’s what I tried to do tonight.”
“Russ is a high-character guy,” Vogel said. “We knew we were going to respond. We communicated afterwards to make sure that we understood what was going on — we’re just coaching to win the game. And to turn the page on to Orlando. And he did a great job maintaining that focus and we’re all committed to this group getting the job done. We still believe in what we can be. It’s been bumpy throughout the course of the year. But we’re committed.”
It appears that the four-time NBA champion managed to sort things out. “That’s one game. I think he let last game go and was focused on this game, he was focused on the new game on the new trip,” James said about Westbrook postgame. “He’s a head of the snake when it comes to being our point guard. He puts us into position, his attacks are great. He did a good job of getting into the paint either for his shot or spraying out and guys just played off of his energy and effort tonight on both ends of the floor.

Rockets would take Russell Westbrook back in trade

I have been advised that I should amend my previous characterization of the Lakers’ finding a Westbrook trade from outright impossible to extremely unlikely. There is at least one team out there that would take him, league sources say, if the conditions are right. That team, surprisingly, is the Houston Rockets.
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