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Former UCLA teammates Russell Westbrook, Darren Collison go at it in open run

Russell Westbrook, Darren Collison

There’s no better time to reconnect with former teammates and buddies than during the summer.

Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison and Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook have been spending time together this offseason. Teammates during their playing days in UCLA, the former Bruins backcourt duo are playing some intense pickup games as seen by NBA trainer Chris Johnson.

The 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player has been known for his relentless style of play, and the short footage of the game shows just that. Even in a pickup game, it is no surprise that Westbrook’s competitive nature is on full display.

On the other hand, Collison is very familiar with his former teammate. The steady playmaker and NBA journeyman can be seen bodying up Westbrook in the video, and the Pacers guard even caused the triple-double machine to turn the ball over once.

Collison and Westbrook formed one of the most formidable college teams during their time with the UCLA Bruins. Together with Cleveland Cavaliers main man Kevin Love and Los Angeles Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute, they went on a dominant NCAA Tournament run in 2008 before losing to the Derrick Rose-led Memphis Tigers in the Final Four.

Now NBA veterans, they both have plenty of reasons to improve this offseason given they are playing for teams with so much yet to prove. Westbrook is coming off another triple-double season and will be teaming up with Paul George again to try to catapult the Thunder to greater heights. Collison has been a dependable backcourt partner for Victor Oladipo, last year’s Most Improved Player on a surprise Pacers team.