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It took some patience — six long months of patience — but Paul “PG-13” George has finally managed to unload his mammoth mansion out in guard-gated Hidden Hills, deep within L.A.’s San Fernando Valley. The 1.35-acre property went for $8.4 million, a cut under the $9.5 million asking price but still significantly more than the $7.4 million paid back in 2016 by the NBA baller and his longtime partner, former stripper Daniela Rajic.
Noah took a substantial loss on the Bannockburn house, which he bought for $1.5 million in 2008. He listed the house for $1.44 million in September and then cut his asking price to $1.37 million in October.
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton reportedly has sold his luxury Charlotte, N.C. condo to a new starring attraction in the city. Charlotte Hornets 2020 first-round pick LaMelo Ball has purchased the ex-Carolina Panthers QB's former home for nearly $3 million, per Panthers beat reporter Sheena Quick. The condo had been on the market since July.
According to the listing, the 3,335 square-foot space has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms. NBA legend and Hornets owner Michael Jordan owns the seventh floor of the building, per the Charlotte Observer.
About a year and a half after the Rockets traded him away, basketball star Chris Paul has wrapped up his business in Houston, selling a modern mansion on the west side of the city. The sale price was not disclosed, but records show the All-Star point guard was itching to sell. A month after the Rockets dealt him to the Thunder, he listed the property for $8.3 million and trimmed the price three times over the next year. It was most recently offered at $7.2 million.
About a year and a half after the Houston Rockets traded him away, basketball star Chris Paul has wrapped up his business in Houston, selling a modern mansion on the west side of the city. The sale price was not disclosed, but records show the All-Star point guard was itching to sell.
A month after the Rockets dealt him to the Oklahoma City Thunder, he listed the property for $8.3 million and trimmed the price three times over the next year. It was most recently offered at $7.2 million. Paul picked up the place in April 2018, which was a few months before he signed a $160-million extension with the Rockets that would’ve keep him in Houston for the next four years.
Around a week after agreeing to a max deal with the Miami Heat, Bam Adebayo surprised his mom with a new house for her birthday. Via Instagram, Adebayo posted photos of himself and his mom inside the house. Most NBA players have a very special relationship with their mothers. Adebayo joins a good chunk of players who have gifted their mothers for everything they’ve done.
Deron Williams, formerly of the Brooklyn Nets, has finally sold his Tribeca penthouse at 35 North Moore St. for less than half its original asking price. Williams paid $15.8 million for the glam pad in 2013 and then made a splash, listing it for $33.5 million in 2015. But it took a pandemic — and multiple price slashes — before it finally found a buyer, who loved its massive size and COVID-friendly outdoor spaces.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Kyle Korver is looking to pass his Santa Barbara, CA, home to a new owner for $3,995,000. The SoCal native purchased the retreat in 2012 for $1.5 million. The “incredibly renovated” hillside home has four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and 3,960 square feet of living space. The contemporary home features muted tones of gray and beige.
Former NBA sixth man of the year Ben Gordon is selling his home court in Encino, listing the modern two-story for $2.9 million. The basketball veteran stands to make a nice little profit if he gets his price; records show he dropped $2.6 million on the property when it was newly built in 2017.
The home, which was built in 2005 and last traded hands for about $3 million in 2013, sits on a quarter of an acre above Benedict Canyon. Juliet balconies line the front of the house, and listing photos show a basketball hoop perched above the three-car garage. Inside, five bedrooms and six bathrooms are spread across 6,200 square feet.
Vanessa Bryant, wife of late Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, is asking $1.995 million for an investment home she owns in Irvine. She and Kobe bought it back in 2013, records show. Found a few miles away from her main residence in Newport Coast, the single-story abode is tucked into a cul-de-sac in the gated community of Summit at Turtle Ridge.
It’s been a great month for JaVale McGee. Just a few days after winning an NBA championship with the Lakers, the big man has sold his Encino home of five years for $2.49 million. He’ll walk away with a profit of about $70,000 compared with 2015, when he bought the Mediterranean-style retreat from Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Marc Anthony for $2.42 million. Designed for entertaining, the secluded property is tucked behind two sets of gates and centers on a three-story home of nearly 6,300 square feet. Out back, palm trees and string lights top a resort-style space with a swimming pool, spa, gazebo, shower room and cabana with a bar.
The recently retired NBA great Vince Carter has scored a posh place in Georgia. The eight-time All-Star bought a mansion in Atlanta for $6,687,000. After a 22-year career in the league, Carter officially retired in June and apparently had time to house hunt. The home was listed in July for $6.8 million, and was slightly discounted, to clinch a deal that closed in August.
Gregg Popovich just bagged $3 million for his mansion in San Antonio, the city where he led the San Antonio Spurs to five NBA championships over the last 24 years. Records show the coach bought the home back in 2005 a few months after leading the team to its third title. The sale was a multi-year effort for Popovich, who first asked $4.5 million in 2018 before eventually trimming the tag to $3.1 million over the summer.
That’s about $750,000 shy of his February asking price but still $200,000 more than he paid in 2017. A year after picking up the property, he inked a five-year deal with the Suns worth $158 million.
Although the deal was extensively reported in July, it’s only today — fittingly, near the end of a fantastic Lakers season — that LeBron James has finally closed on his $36.8 million residential upgrade in the 90210, a multi-structure compound packing fantastic views and a storied, only-in-Hollywood pedigree. Built in the 1930s, the colorful Mediterranean-esque villa was owned for years by Charles Boyer, an Oscar-nominated leading man actor of that era who starred in a number of black-and-white classics, among them “Conquest” and “Algiers.”
James also continues to own two separate mansions in L.A.’s posh Brentwood neighborhood. The first was scooped up for $21 million in 2015 and has remained vacant for most of the time since. The second estate, the NBA superstar’s current main residence, is sited on plum hillltop and was purchased for $23 million in 2017. Jeff Hyland and Rick Hilton of Hilton & Hyland held the listing.
King James has a new castle. The Lakers star, who’s currently competing for an NBA championship in Florida, just bought a Mediterranean-style compound in the Beverly Hills Post Office area for $36.75 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Spanning 2.5 acres, the property was sold by the estate of Lee Phillip Bell, the talk show host and “The Young and the Restless” co-creator who died earlier this year.
Shaquille O’Neal, after opening a chicken sandwich shop near the Strip, has bought a house in Las Vegas, records indicate. The 7-foot-1-inch basketball Hall of Famer, known for his powerful dunks, lousy free throws and even worse movies, purchased a home in the Southern Highlands community, at the southern tip of the valley, early this year before the coronavirus pandemic upended daily life across the U.S., property records indicate. The $765,000 sale closed Feb. 19.
Gordon Hayward has a sprawling $3 million mansion in Indiana that sits on nearly seven acres — with a pool, wine cellar and every fancy bell and whistle a house can boast. A grand 2-story entryway, outdoor kitchen, hearth room, theater and ornate woodwork spread throughout. Hayward bought the home in July 2019 from D10 Investments, LLC, for $3 million, according to public records. The former Butler basketball standout and Celtics star has a home in Boston, too. Earlier this year, he was the owner of a third property, a massive Rancho Santa Fe, California, estate worth $3.9 million, but he sold that in March.
Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers paid $4.5 million for a 5,624-square-foot Winter Park home, according to a deed recently filed with Orange County. The residence gives the professional basketball player and former Winter Park High School star a home in one of Central Florida’s most sought-after residential areas.
It looks like the luxury real estate market is still hot in the San Francisco Bay Area. NBA forward Andre Iguodala, previously with the Golden State Warriors and now attached to the Miami Heat, has let go of his mansion in Lafayette, CA. Designed by architect Ken Hertel, the Tuscan-style build was sold in just six weeks. For the athlete, selling quickly may have been more important than making a profit. He purchased the home in 2017 for $3.6 million, and just sold it for $3.65 million.
Though he’s played solely for the Golden State Warriors since the 2012 NBA draft, it appears Draymond Green is looking to spend his future off-seasons a bit further south of San Francisco. The three-time All-Star and Michigan native has bounced into a lavish estate in L.A.’s prestigious Brentwood area, the same neighborhood that is also home to other superstar ballers like LeBron James, Blake Griffin, and Russell Westbrook.
Orlando Magic shooting guard Evan Fournier and his wife, Laura, have picked up a chic estate in Winter Park, FL, for $2.9 million. The NBA player scored a deal. The Winter Park Chain of Lakes property had been listed earlier in the year for $3.25 million, and had then been dropped to $3.15 million in May, before the Frenchman grabbed it. Overlooking the picturesque Lake Maitland, this sweet pad features timeless design in a convenient neighborhood close to downtown, about a 15-minute drive to the Amway Center, where the Magic normally plays home games.
Basketball big man DeMarcus Cousins is looking to cash out in Las Vegas, listing his 20,000-square-foot showplace for $8 million. Records show the four-time All-Star, who sat out this season with a torn ACL, bought the home through a corporate entity three years ago for $6.5 million. A few miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, the amenity-loaded mansion offers a world of entertainment across nearly two acres. A circular driveway is capped by a porte-cochere entry at the front of the estate, which takes in sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.
A Fox Point home is back on the market, this time listed for $3.75 million. The owner is Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer, according to The home was on the market in early 2018 for $3.48 million (see below). Budenholzer, now in his second year with the Bucks, purchased the home that year for $3.15 million, according to public records.
Tristan Thompson is saying goodbye to his Los Angeles home! The Cleveland Cavalier star, 29, has listed home in Encino, California, for $8.5 million. Tomer Fridman of Compass holds the listing. Nestled in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, the modern farmhouse-style residence was built in 2018 and offers seven bedrooms and seven-and-a-half bathrooms within its 9864 square feet of living space.
One of DC's most intriguing properties has found a buyer. In January, former Washington Wizard Dwight Howard listed the 10,000 square-foot unit that he owns at the Pierce School on Maryland Avenue NE. Earlier this week, the top-floor residence went under contract. Shortly after signing a contract with the Wizards in 2018, Howard purchased the loft, but put it on the market for $2.475 million after signing with the Los Angeles Lakers last year.
Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox, who is among those gearing up for the NBA’s bubble restart in Orlando, Fla., has put his home in Folsom, Calif., up for sale at $1.7 million. Found about 30 minutes outside of Sacramento, the contemporary home was custom built last year and has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and more than 5,000 square feet of space.
In Bel-Air, the striking home built for basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain has resurfaced with a reduced price tag of $14.9 million, or about $4 million shy of what it originally sought in 2018. Like the basketball star himself — who holds the record for most points scored in an NBA game at 100 — the house possesses a near-mythical quality. Chamberlain had the home built in the ’70s, and it became known as Ursa Major, the star constellation home to the Big Dipper — one of Chamberlain’s many nicknames.
As the NBA looks to restart action in Orlando, Miami Heat wing Andre Iguodala is looking to handle some business across the country. His home near Oakland, Calif., has come up for sale at $3.898 million, records show. Located in Lafayette, the Mediterranean-inspired house was designed by architect Ken Hertel and completed in 2004.
Doc Rivers, a former NBA All-Star player and championship coach, who since 2013 has been the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, is looking to shake up his real estate portfolio, quietly listing a beachfront home in Malibu for nearly $13 million. The house was once owned by TV exec Don Ohlmeyer and leased by Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. Property records indicate the former point guard, who led the Clippers to the playoffs last year but lost in six games to the Golden State Warriors, purchased the Spanish-style residence in 2017 for a bit more than $9.5 million. A quick comparison with online listings at the time of his purchase show the four-bedroom and 5.5-bathroom home, located in a prestigious guard-gated enclave, was subsequently renovated in a relaxed, contemporary style that offers panoramic coastline and endless ocean and sunset views.
A native of L.A. County, George is in for a nice profit if he gets his price; the six-time All-Star paid $7.4 million for the property four years ago. The custom estate spans over an acre, centering on a Mediterranean-style mansion of nearly 16,000 square feet. For some quarantine training, there’s also a basketball court out back.
Former NBA star Antonio Davis is looking to pass his large mansion in Suwanee, GA. to a new owner. The home has been on the market for nearly a year with a price tag of $1,624,900. Located in the gated River Club, the home was built in 2007 and features five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and over 7,500 square feet of living space.
Jordan Farmar, a former NBA player and two-time champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, loves calling Las Vegas his home for the last six years. He now has a hand in building his own. The Los Angeles native, his wife, Jill, a former professional soccer player, and their two daughters will be moving into their new home in Southern Highlands in May. Domanico Custom Homes is constructing the home valued at $3.5 million, and Farmar and his new carpentry skills have helped it along.
The 33-year-old Farmar, who is retired from the NBA, lives in Southern Highlands in a home he has occupied for the last few years. Before that, Farmar bought the 2016 New American Home in MacDonald Highlands in Henderson, which was showcased at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. He lived there for less than a year before moving back to Southern Highlands in a 4,000-square-foot home. “I moved to Vegas (as a tax shelter) while I was still playing,” Farmar said. “The more we stayed out here, the more we fell in love with it and the less I wanted to be in Los Angeles. Now I don’t like to go there at all. I go there and handle my business and come back as soon as possible.”
Meyers Leonard’s Oregon residence listed for $3M. Have you ever wanted to live in a mansion? Have you ever wanted to live in a house a Trail Blazer used to call home? Is your answer yes to both questions? Well, you're in luck. If you have an extra $3 million laying around, you can take a mansion off of Meyers Leonard's hands. The house, all 7,934 square feet if it, is nothing short of a dream home.
Houston Rockets guard Ben McLemore has reduced the price of his sparkling black-and-white home in Tarzana, CA, to $2,799,000. McLemore bought the renovated East meets West Coast, traditional-style home for $2.75 million in May 2018. This February, he put the five-bedroom, 6.5-bath home back on the market for $3,099,000.
The former Oakland Hills home of Golden State Warriors great Kevin Durant has been listed for $5,998,888. The 9,100-square-foot home has seven bedrooms and eight baths, including two separate apartments.
While the NBA is on hiatus, former Thunder star Russell Westbrook found time to wrap up some business back in Oklahoma. His single-story home, which he bought shortly after joining the team in 2008, just sold for $426,900. The nine-time All-Star, who now plays for the Houston Rockets, has purchased plenty of real estate since then. In 2015, he bought a Beverly Crest abode from Scott Disick for $4.65 million and upgraded again three years later, nabbing a Brentwood mansion near LeBron James for $19.75 million. This one’s a bit more modest at just over 3,000 square feet. It sits on a landscaped lot in Edmond, a suburban city a few miles north of the Thunder stadium.
It appears the real estate market wasn’t kind to Patrick Ewing. The basketball hall of famer's New Jersey home, once listed for as much as $6.998 million, sold last week for $2.65 million, Multiple Listing Service records show. That amounts to a $3.7-million loss for Ewing, who paid $6.35 million for the property in 2007.
In the Trousdale section of Beverly Hills, the home of late basketball agent and attorney Dan Fegan has found a buyer at $8.825 million, public records show. Fegan, who died two years ago at 56, represented such NBA superstars as Dwight Howard, John Wall and Amar’e Stoudemire. His single-story home, built in 1968 and since updated, has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in about 4,600 square feet.
Briefly with the Cleveland Cavaliers and now balling for the Utah Jazz, former L.A. Laker Jordan Clarkson seeks $3.35 million for a fairly recently purchased home in L.A.’s proto-suburban Woodland Hills community. The 6’4” guard purchased the then brand-spanking new house not even two years ago for a wee bit less than $3.2 million. Described in listings held by Zeev Perez at Keller Williams as a Cape Cod style home, the roughly 5,800-square-foot, family-sized structure is set behind a low fence and electronic driveway gates with five bedrooms and five full and two half bathrooms.
Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker has listed his Paradise Valley home on the market. The home is about 5,600 square feet and has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, according to the listing. It is listed for $4.195 million.
NBA star Carmelo Anthony just listed his luxury Manhattan property overlooking New York City’s High Line park. The former New York Knicks player, 35 — who left the team to play for the Oklahoma City Thunder, briefly the Houston Rockets, and now, the Portland Trail Blazers — is asking for $12.85 million for the five-bedroom, four-bathroom condo located in the Chelsea neighborhood. Kevin Mallen and Michael Graves of Compass hold the listing.
While competing in his first All-Star Game, Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker found time over the weekend to list his Arizona home for sale. The Paradise Valley estate is up for grabs at $4.195 million, records show. The contemporary digs sit about 15 miles northeast of Talking Stick Resort Arena, where the Suns play. Booker bought the home three years ago for $3.25 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
In contrast to a number of teammates who’ve bought properties in the Milwaukee space, Pat Connaughton has gone a step additional: He is tearing down a dilapidated duplex so he can substitute it with a four-story house constructing. “I’ll attempt to personal this endlessly,” Connaughton, 27, stated on a current morning as he stepped inside the husk of the outdated duplex at the nook of North Milwaukee and East Knapp streets, simply a few blocks from Fiserv Discussion board, the place the Bucks play their residence video games.
However Connaughton might see the future: a three-unit constructing full of recent facilities topped by a 3,132-square-foot penthouse, which he plans to make his residence. Need to be his neighbor? Connaughton goes to hire out the different two models. (Bucks workers can count on a low cost.) He hopes to finish the undertaking by midsummer. If the Bucks win a championship, the parade can launch from his new pad. “I’ll have a housewarming occasion to kick it off,” Connaughton stated.
Connaughton has been constructing a second profession in actual property via his improvement firm, Seashore Home LLC, which is a household affair. His father, Len, is the vp, and Joe Stanton, a childhood good friend, is the director of undertaking administration. The corporate owns 4 properties and bought two others in Portland, Ore., the place Connaughton spent three seasons taking part in for the Path Blazers. Seashore Home additionally owns three properties and bought one other in South Bend, Ind., the place Connaughton was a two-sport star at Notre Dame. And in Milwaukee, he has two initiatives in the works, together with the house constructing close to the enviornment. Connaughton bought the property, which had been vacant for months, for $325,000, and he expects the rebuild to price a further $800,000.
Kenyon Martin, the NBA vet who was the No.1 overall draft pick in 2000, has listed his Tuscan-style estate in Calabasas for sale at $3.599 million. He’s not the only pro athlete to inhabit the home. Four years ago, he bought it from retired major leaguer Jason Kubel for $2.8 million, records show.
Legendary NBA coach Gregg Popovich, who’s currently battling for a playoff spot with the San Antonio Spurs, is handling some business in San Francisco. His three-bedroom condo of nearly two decades just hit the market there for $2.675 million. If it meets its price, it’ll be a nice chunk of change for the five-time NBA champion. Records show that Popovich paid $1.475 million for the home back in 2002.
Curry, who signed a $201 million, five-year contract in 2017, snapped up a condo in the Four Seasons Private Residences at 706 Mission St., a new tower opening in June across from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The price for the 2,800-square-foot condo the Currys bought was just under $8 million, according to real estate sources familiar with the unit and building. The unit is on the 30th floor — coincidentally, Curry wears No. 30 for the Warriors.
Teague, who was playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves at the time, closed on the apartment in January 2019, paying $450,000. That was about $85,000 more than the median sale price for condos and apartments in Arlington County.
Former NBA All-Star Steve Francis is dribbling away from his huge home in Houston. The mansion is listed for $5 million. The Maryland native purchased the place in 2003, when he was starring at point guard for the Houston Rockets.
Professional basketball player Chandler Parsons has doubled down in L.A.’s high-end housing market, buying a home in the Hollywood Hills for $6.775 million. The sale, which closed in December, came roughly a week after the Atlanta Hawks forward cut a $9.25-million deal for “CSI” creator Anthony Zuiker’s Malibu compound, the Los Angeles Times previously reported.
NBA fans know two things about Houston Rockets guard James Harden—his beard is legendary and he’s a prolific basketball scorer (he’s averaging 38.3 points per game this season). But that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the $10 million Houston mansion the All-Star scored. Harden’s estate, called Memorial Modern, took three years to build and spans 3.5 acres in Rivercrest, an exclusive enclave in suburban Houston. The 26,000-square-foot ultra-modern manse features a grotto, wine room, casita, prep kitchen, full bar and a fitness room. It’s crafted from commercial-grade steel with minimalist design elements.
NBA star Trae Young is beastin' for the Atlanta Hawks right now ... and he's rewarding himself by buying a $1.5 million crib in his home state of Oklahoma!! TMZ Sports has learned ... Trae bought himself a new 8,100-square-foot pad in Norman Oklahoma where he grew up --- his first LEGIT house ... and it's loaded!!! The pad comes with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, a massive kitchen, a pool with a cool slide, a pool house ... and you can put up to 7 cars in his giant garage!
Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard will have a shorter commute to the Staples Center after buying a penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live for $6.725 million. Centered on the downtown cityscape, the 4,280-square-foot unit features wood floors, walls of glass, two custom fireplaces and magnetic, wall-mounted iPads for controlling smart home systems. The family room adjoins a center-island kitchen with a breakfast nook. There are three bedrooms.
Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook has put his home in the Beverly Hills Post Office area back up for sale at $5.35 million. That’s about $650,000 shy of the original asking price but still $700,000 more than Westbrook paid for the place in 2015, records show.
“CSI” creator Anthony Zuiker sold his concrete-clad contemporary in Malibu to Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons for $9.25 million. The 1.4-acre property includes a saltwater swimming pool and a covered pavilion perched above a tennis court. The 5,555-square-foot floor plan has a two-story entry, a semicircular living room, a dining room with tray ceilings and five bedrooms. Parsons, 31, previously played for the Memphis Grizzlies, the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets.
Clippers executive and former NBA player Jerry West has sold his home in the Bay Area community of Hayward for $1.585 million. The four-bedroom contemporary has a stucco and stone facade. Steeply pitched roofs face the street and frame the walkway to the front door.
Former Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has put his La Jolla beach home back on the market at $17.75 million. The imposing three-story contemporary, built in 2002, overlooks 50 feet of ocean frontage. Walls of glass move away to bring ocean breezes into the 9,320 square feet of interiors.
West’s leaving behind a 3,468-square-foot Bay Area home with four bedrooms and five baths. It features a master and a junior suite and a patio with both ceiling heat and a fireplace, among many other amenities, including membership in the Stonebrae Country Club.
Former President Barack Obama is now officially a resident of Martha’s Vineyard, after having closed on the Edgartown estate of Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck. The 29-acre Edgartown property on Turkeyland Cove Road was purchased by Turkeyland Cove Nominee Trust for $11.75 million, according to Dukes County Registry of Deeds records. The property had been on the market for $14.8 million, and was assessed at $15.1 million.
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Russell Westbrook: I don't need to feel wanted by the Lakers

Russell Westbrook was wearing a bucket hat, flip-flops and a smile inside the conference room in his Avenue of the Stars offices. Trade talks stalled, training camp on the cusp and Westbrook hardly had to consider the question: Do you feel wanted by the Los Angeles Lakers? “I don’t need to,” Westbrook told ESPN recently. “I need to just do my job. Whether I’m wanted or not doesn’t really matter. I think the most important thing is that I show up for work and I do the job like I’ve always done it: Be professional and go out and play my ass off and compete.”
Westbrook spoke of getting back to work in the gym sooner in the past offseason than he has ever done in his career, about a summer full of conversations with Lakers coach Darvin Ham, about a “connection” and “trust” with Ham’s vision to utilize him in a way that impacts winning on these Lakers. Maybe that’s as a starter or maybe it’s off the bench. “I’m all-in on whatever it takes for this team to win,” Westbrook said. “I’m prepared for whatever comes my way.”
He sure isn’t here to tell you that his and the Lakers’ debacle of a season caused him to have to fight to keep his confidence. “No, I didn’t have to fight that,” Westbrook said. “I had to fight my response on how it affects the people close to me. To me, that was the important part. Confidence is not something I lack. Yes, there were times last season that I wanted to play better — that I should’ve played better — but my confidence never wavers. Having bad games is part of the NBA, and I understand that. The only thing it affected for me was the impact that it had on the people closest to me — my mom, dad, wife, brother, close friends. We’ve never had to deal with that as a family. That was the most difficult thing — being booed in the arena and having my kids there.”