May 27, 2022

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Russell Westbrook coming home: 'It's a dream'

Russell Westbrook coming home: ‘It’s a dream’

The Los Angeles Lakers have always been a dream for Russell WestbrookHe was born in Hawthorne, adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport and near the Lakers’ bases of operations in Englewood and El Segundo. Last night, that kid fulfilled that dream and was introduced as a new player in the Los Angeles franchise.

“Being from LA, you’ve always wished you could play for the home team, and that was always in my head.. Maybe one day, he will tell me. Then I came back and thought that wasn’t going to happen,” explained the points guard, the player with the most triples in NBA history.

“It’s a dream, I still haven’t realized it yet”, The star is reflected. “I grew up near here and saw some heroes in procession. I tried to go to everyone and miss school and all that. Being a Lakers fan and from Los Angeles, This closes a circle for me.”

Westbrook comes to Los Angeles after spending more than a decade in Oklahoma City Thunder Then play for Houston Rockets Los Washington Wizards Surrounded by controversy because of his game, he is often described as singles. player left Two years of contract and $91 million to enter.

To tie it up, the Lakers had to sell half a team and now reinforcements, mostly experienced veterans, with just a few decades are arriving. A conversation with LeBron James, a base friend, convinced Ross to make a move.

“It was an opportunity to take a bold step that we believe will improve our chances of bringing the 18th title to Los Angeles,” explained Rob Pelinka, Lakers, GM, on the trade.

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Westbrook, kobe ​​bryant friend, He shared the honor he feels in being able to wear the same jersey as the Los Angeles legend, and also talks about how he played alongside James: “I came to the championship team and my job was to make sure things were easy for LeBron.”

The player, who will wear the number “0” in Los Angeles, stressed that he is very happy to be close to his family back home. I can be with my kids all the timeI see my parents and my wife every day. It’s the best thing I could ask for, to come home.”

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