Russell Westbrook was raring to get started for his first practice with his new team, the Washington Wizards. Westbrook displayed his work ethic right from the get-go as he took the floor two hours before team practice even began.

NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes passed along Wizards head coach Scott Brooks' comments on Westbrook's dedication:

“I’m sure the players didn’t realize that’s what he does. You could tell everybody locked in and everybody raised their level up. They will know this was not because it was the first day. This is who he is, this is how he prepares, this is how he gets ready. He’s always like that,” Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said.

Russell Westbrook and Scott Brooks go a long way back. They previously formed a partnership during their time together in the Oklahoma City Thunder organization from 2008 to 2015. Brooks patrolled the sidelines for the team and led them to five straight playoff appearances, including a trip to the 2012 NBA Finals, where they succumbed to LeBron James and the Miami Heat in five games.

Billy Donovan took over for Brooks in the 2015-16 season, and Brooks joined the Wizards as their head coach in 2016-17. Westbrook stayed with the Thunder through 2018-19 before a one-year stint with the Houston Rockets. Now, the two individuals find themselves back together again, this time at a new location in the nation's capital.

Russell Westbrook has a new running mate in two-time All-Star swingman Bradley Beal, who's coming off the best statistical season of his eight-year playing career. The 2017 NBA MVP will aim to effectuate his new teammates with his intense passion and work ethic as he leads the team to better campaigns moving forward.

Meanwhile, down in Houston, James Harden hasn't even reported to Rockets training camp. Quite the dichotomy there.