Russell Westbrook isn’t expecting much from Melbourne Utd
Oklahoma City superstar Russell Westbrook says he ‘ain’t expecting s—‘ ahead of his side’s preseason friendly against Melbourne United.
The Thunder point guard doesn’t expect his squad to be challenged by the NBL team and even joked that he rated New Zealand basketball ahead of Australia.
I’m with Steve [Adams]. I’m team New Zealand, just so you know, Westbrook said ahead of the clash.
Teammate Steven Adams, who plays as a centre for the Thunder, was a little more conservative. The 24-year-old expects a tough and physical encounter but is hoping he can make the most of the opportunity and beat up on some Australians.
Watching highlights from that game on YouTube is like entering a time warp. Not just because several of Rose’s and Wade’s then-teammates (Carlos Boozer, Keith Bogans and Kurt Thomas for Chicago; Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Carlos Arroyo and Eddie House for Miami) have long since retired. And not just because Rose and Wade had close-shave haircuts back then and now sport miniature dreads and a mini curly Afro, respectively.
The highlights bring you back to a time when either one of those guys could turn a long defensive rebound into an instant score on the other end, barely needing three dribbles to get there. It’s a reminder why both of their acquisitions by the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason were so noteworthy, seeing the relentless spirit and frenetic creativity in their games that made D-Rose and D-Wade household names.
The Bulls won that game 99-96, with the pair exchanging buckets back and forth in the final minutes — a twisting layup for Rose, a 3 by Wade, an and-1 jumper by Rose, two more 3-pointers by Wade.