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Russell Westbrook says basketball is a short stint in life, friendships last forever

Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar point guard Russell Westbrook and his new teammates, star forwards Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, did not last very long in the 2017-18 NBA Playoffs and were eliminated following a loss in Game 6 to the Utah Jazz.

However, when he addressed the media this weekend during his exit interview with members of the media, he said that he learned a lot during his first season with George and Anthony.

“We obviously had previous relations before the season. But to get through the season and figure out what real brotherhood is like. Those guys are somebody that I can always look up to, different things they brought to the game. Not just on the court, but off the court, I think us bonding as brothers was a bigger thing for me,” Westbrook said.

The reigning MVP also said that although basketball is a huge part of his life, it will not last forever and the relationships he develops with his teammates will last a lot longer.

“That’s always the most important thing for me is making sure that basketball is a short stint in your life, but friendships and things like that go longer than that,” Westbrook added. “That was always important for me to make sure we bonded and understood where we come from and know a little about each one of us personally. That was the most important thing.”

Although the Thunder were eliminated and ended their season in a very disappointing fashion, Westbrook still averaged a whopping 29.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game during the 2018 postseason.