Wizards’ Head Coach Excited to Reunite With Former Pupil Russell Westbrook

Published 12/06/2020, 3:30 PM EST
Sep 2, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts during the second half of game seven of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


What pushed Russell Westbrook and James Harden to request for a trade as soon as the offseason started? It could be a variety of factors. The biggest one being their future in their franchise. The Houston Rockets have had a hard time in the playoffs for many seasons now.

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While we all thought that pairing up Harden and Westbrook would change the fate of the Rockets, that did not happen. In fact, the two ended up questioning whether they want to stay in the team anymore. However, their personal reasons vary.

Harden is now more inclined to play with former teammate, Kevin Durant, in the Brooklyn Nets. Of course, the root problem being that with the Rockets, the title seems further away. About Westbrook, his injuries were the major hindrance in the optimal performance we’ve seen in the past. But there was another factor.

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Westbrook is used to being the primary ball-handler, and with Harden on the roster, there is no way that was going to happen. Harden is the face of the franchise and instead of letting him go, they decided to fulfill Westbrook’s wish at least. A blockbuster trade got John Wall to Houston. What’s more incredible is Westbrook going back under the mentorship of his former OKC head coach.

Sep 4, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in game one of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy Reuters

Russell Westbrook and Scott Brooks: Reunited

Coming to the Washington Wizards and pairing with Bradley Beal is certainly a big reason for Westbrook to be excited. But the cherry on top for him is reuniting with former coach, Scott Brooks, who helped Brooks make his name in the NBA. The chemistry between the two might have could be of concern for others.

Now that the two are teaming up, they have some kind words for one another. “The greatest thing about me and Scotty’s relationship is we’ve always stayed connected,” Westbrook said on Saturday. “We’ve stayed in contact the whole time… I’m super excited to be back and continue our friendship, obviously.

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“I’m excited for what he’s going to bring to our program – the leadership, work ethic, his daily habits on and off the court,” Brooks said. “It’s going to be critical for our young guys to see…I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He just has a great spirit about him. He loves the game, he loves his teammates, and I know first-hand what he’s going to bring.”

SAITAMA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 08: Russell Westbrook #0 of Houston Rockets dribbles up court against the Toronto Raptors on October 8, 2019 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)

Clearly, the two have very high regards for one another. It will be great to see what Beal, Westbrook, and Brooks bring to the floor.

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Do you think the Wizards won this trade? Or was it the Rockets?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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