Russell Westbrook ‘excited for the new journey’ with Rockets
During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Westbrook admitted it’s still weird to hear him be introduced as the starting point guard for the Rockets instead of the Thunder. The former MVP, however, is looking forward to playing with James Harden again and wanted to thank the Thunder organization one last time.
Russell Westbrook on being traded to Houston: "It's exciting man. It's kind of different hearing you say 'Welcome starting point guard for the Houston Rockets'." pic.twitter.com/SdqR1jXF8W
— Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) September 11, 2019
Last season with the Thunder, Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double for the third consecutive season. The new Rockets guard put up 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists while shooting 42.8 percent from the field and 65.6 percent from the free-throw line.
After the Thunder’s 2018-19 season ended — following a first round playoffs exit at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers — Westbrook underwent surgery on his left hand to repair a torn ligament in a finger and a minor procedure on his surgically repaired right knee. However, the All-Star guard is 100 percent healthy now.
The Rockets can’t wait to see how lethal Westbrook and Harden are going to be together. Opposing teams, meanwhile, will likely have nightmares trying to figure out how to stop Westbrook and The Beard.