NBA Q&A: Russell Westbrook

Posted by Unknown on Sunday, November 03, 2013 with No comments
Courtesy of Royce Young 

When he found out he’d be able to play
“Yesterday after practice was a turning point for me. Just happy to be back on the floor.”
On expectations for himself and if he expects any rust
“I expect to win. I just expect to go out there and play hard, fight for my teammates and try to win.”
What the team’s response has been
“It’s normal. Try to keep it normal as possible. Just stay upbeat and stay ready to play.”
On how he feels, nervous or anxious
“I feel excited. After being off the floor for 7-8 months I feel very excited to be back on the floor. And hopefully we can get a win.”
On if Friday’s debacle sped up the process
“Nah. Nah. Wasn’t too much that could speed up the process for me.”
On if he expects an adjustment period
“Not sure. It’s going to be different, different getting back in the groove of things, find a rhythm whatever it may be but we’ll take it day by day and try and get better.”
On how he feels he might be better
“Just watching, man. I seen a lot of things ust watching the game from a different point of view. Just learning things, learning how guys communicate, just learning the game a lot better.”
On Reggie Jackson’s comments about dunking
“Yeah I was jumping a little bit. Little bit. You know, a little bit.”
On if he feels as explosive: “
Yeah, yeah yeah. I feel great. In a good spot, man, I’m happy and blessed to be able to play basketball again and go on the floor and fight for my teammates. First, I want to thank all the fans and my family and friends, and maybe even some of you guys for your support throughout this period. It’s been a tough one, but I’m happy to be back.”
On what he’s missed most
“Just the pregame. Coming in, eating my peanut butter and jelly sandwich and stuff like that. As a player, coming in and getting ready for the game.”
On the experiences for the other players helping
“I think so. Down the road I think it’s early in the year now, everybody’s finding their place and role in this team, but I think it’ll help down the road.”
On the 4-6 week timeline:
 “I don’t know who made that up in the first place. I was never on that timeline at all. I was just taking it day by day. Taking it one day at a time until I was ready to play.”
On if he’ll still be “Turbo Russ”
“Will I still be Turbo Russ? Of course.”
On coming back at home:
 “No, goal was just to slow play it. I’ve been slow-playing it. I wanted to play the first game, but I wasn’t ready yet and wanted to get a few more practices under my belt and get my rhythm and find a way to get back on the floor.”
On his conditioning helping
“A lot, man. Rehab is a tough process. I’m going to continue to rehab throughout the season, before the game, whatever I need to do to stay healthy throughout the year. But it’s a tough process, but like I said, I’m thankful for my fans, my family and everybody that’s supported me throughout the process.”
On the positive things said about him recently:
 “I can’t even. I don’t even know what I would’ve done without someone asking about me or checking on me and I’m really thankful of that, like I said I want to say thank you to everyone for their support and I’m happy to be back on the floor.”