Michael Jordan is loving Russell Westbrook’s decision to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The former Chicago Bulls great stated that he sees himself in Westbrook 30 years ago for choosing to stay in OKC even after superstar teammate Kevin Durant moved teams this summer.
Westbrook had a chance to become a free agent in 2017 and also demand a trade this offseason. But the star point guard chose to extend his contract in OKC and this was lauded not only by Jordan but Oklahoma City and NBA fans.
“Thirty years ago, that’s me. The attitude, trying to prove myself. Showing so much passion for the game of basketball. You see it in his play. You can tell he loves the game. He plays with energy and flair,” Jordan, who brought six championships to the Bulls in the 90s, said via Complex about Westbrook’s decision to stay in OKC.
Westbrook was happy to hear Jordan’s thoughts about his choice this summer.
“That’s crazy. I really don’t know what to say. To have the best player who ever played the game to say that about you as a player and as a person is something is going to keep me striving,” Westbrook said in the same article.
Jordan, who is considered the “greatest player of all time” in basketball, might have taken a shot at Durant and LeBron James, two superstars who did not stick with their respective teams and joined “super teams” and rivals.
James was criticized back in 2010 for joining the Miami Heat, which featured Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. He also left the Heat to join a stronger and younger team in the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 when he moved teams to play with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.
People are also criticizing Durant the same way they criticized the Cavs superstar. Durant left OKC to join previous rivals Golden State Warriors featuring two-time MVP Stephen Curry and All-Stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Michael Jordan is pleased with Russell Westbrook’s decision to be the main man in OKC. In a way, he’ staking at the shot of the choices of LeBron James and Kevin Durant during their free agency.
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