Russell Westbrook's Former Teammate Praises Clippers Guard

Russell Westbrook's misunderstood personality defended by former teammates.

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Russell Westbrook has become an enigma among NBA circles. The former league MVP has all the talent a player can possess. However, along stops throughout his career, it seems that the former UCLA guard isn't clicking with his team. Although it may look that way from a fan perspective, Westbrook's teammates have the exact opposite feeling toward him. In fact, just about every former teammate of Westbrook can only sing his praises.

Thomas Bryant shared a locker room with Westbrook on two separate occasions. Once as a member of the Washington Wizards and as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. The now NBA champion Bryant was recently asked about his opinion on Westbrook as a teammate. During an episode of "buckets," Bryant explained what Westbrook meant to him as a teammate and how he helped his game. Check out the clip from the interview below.

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Bryant knows what it's like to be in a winning locker room. Having shared one with LeBron James and the Denver Nuggets on separate occasions. "He’s one of the most brilliant, accepting guys that I’ve ever played with. With Russ he's always coming in with a great attitude, and he's always there for you.” Bryant describes Westbrook the way any coach would describe one of their top players. A class act that will do whatever it takes for the team to be successful.

Westbrook's reputation has been marred but rough stops with the Rockets and Lakers. However, it doesn't feel like the players who have stood alongside him feel that way. So how did his reputation become that he is a selfish player? Could it be that fans just don't enjoy his style of play? There's no question that Westbrook has heard the remarks on his character. However, that hasn't stopped him from giving his all every time he is on the floor. Please give us your thoughts on the Clippers star in our comment section. For the latest news in sports, keep it right here with HNHH.

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Tyler Reed is a current Sports Writer for HotNewHipHop. He started back in March of 2023 with the company. During his time Tyler has shown his expertise in all things sports. Ranging from NBA news, all the way to boxing and MMA. He has bylines with several outlets, such as Busted Coverage, where Tyler has covered the NFL, College Football, WWE and beyond. Tyler has also written for Detroit Jock City, Wildcat Blue Nation and Swarm and Sting for the FanSided Network. Tyler is a massive Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Reds fan. Being from Kentucky, he chose connections to sports franchises that he enjoyed watching as a child. Unfortunately, his professional fandoms have only brought him pain. Tyler's hobbies outside of work include exercising and binge-watching the same shows he has watched for the last decade while endlessly scrolling through social media. His favorite hip-hop artists are Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Kentucky's own Jack Harlow.