Before ultimately landing with the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of last season, future Hall of Famer Russell Westbrook was in a tough spot after his failed stint with the Los Angeles Lakers and trade to the Utah Jazz.
Although Westbrook got his wish by being bought out by the Jazz and able to sign with the Clippers, many had written him off as an impact player in the NBA, with some believing he might struggle to find another team that was willing to deal with his ego and erratic play on the basketball floor.
Fortunately, the Clippers embraced Westbrook, and things worked out well, with the franchise liking what he brought to the table for them, resulting in the veteran guard re-signing with the team this past summer.
On Tuesday, Westbrook was asked what his post-Lakers career has been like and talked about feeling welcome and embraced by this Clippers franchise, via Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.
Russell Westbrook was asked about smiling more after the Lakers stint;
“I'm very grateful for an opportunity & a team that wanted me during a tough time overall for myself & basketball-wise, being able to come to a spot where I was embraced & felt welcome”pic.twitter.com/u3RYGx51OT
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) November 1, 2023
After what seemed like the end of his career as a star player in the NBA, Westbrook has been able to resurrect his career with the Clippers and has now been reunited with another former teammate in James Harden, who was acquired by the team this week.
It’ll be interesting to see if Westbrook can keep from being a distraction while producing on the floor for the Clippers, as the pressure will now be on for this team as a legitimate title contender with four veteran stars leading the way.NEXT: Paul George Reveals Why He Pushed To Get Star PG On Clippers