Russell Westbrook Reveals He Spoke to Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant About Being Great in the NBA

Published 05/09/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) reacts after a three point basket against the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports


Russell Westbrook is one of the most dominant players in NBA history. Throughout his career, Westbrook has shown immense talent and athleticism, wowing the league. Westbrook regularly puts up incredible numbers and plays at the highest level possible. His work ethic and dedication to the game are unparalleled. And he says he learned how to be great through Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

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Russell Westbrook spoke to MJ and Kobe

Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook spoke to the press after their win over the Indiana Pacers. When a reporter asked Westbrook what has allowed him to maintain his success, Westbrook noted that it was his routine. He learned from an early age, through his parents, about the importance of a consistent routine. Westbrook also noted that he spoke to Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan about what it takes to be great in the NBA.

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Westbrook sought out two of the most dedicated players in NBA history. During his time in the NBA, Michael Jordan gave his 100% regardless of the circumstances. Jordan didn’t care if he was injured, sick, tired, or outnumbered. In fact, oftentimes, Jordan would take it upon himself to help out his team. Jordan was so committed to being successful that he didn’t bother about the difficulties he faced.

Jordan and Kobe were warriors on the court

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By himself, Bryant was one of the most driven athletes the NBA has ever seen. He would never give up and would never give anything less than his best. Further, Bryant spoke, on numerous occasions, about how Michael Jordan inspired not just his style of play, but his mentality. The two were practically identical in their play, but their similar mindsets also drew constant comparisons.

May 8, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) drives to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Doug McSchooler-USA TODAY Sports
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Russell Westbrook has been one of the most driven players in the modern NBA era. His ability to play excellent basketball on both ends of the floor is perfectly complemented by his work ethic. And while this hasn’t always translated into team success, no one can ever accuse Russell Westbrook of not giving his all to the team and the game.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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