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Scott Brooks on Russell Westbrook: ‘He’s waking up and getting a triple double’

Oklahoma City head coach Scott Brooks talked about point guard Russell Westbrook’s dominant stretch of basketball since losing league MVP Kevin Durant with a foot injury. Westbrook has recorded five triple doubles in his last six games.

“He’s waking up and getting a triple double,” Brooks told The Jim Rome Show. “I mean he’s filling up the stat sheet. He’s doing everything that it takes for us to be successful. He’s leading, he’s passing, he’s scoring, he’s defending, we don’t talk about his defense, but he’s a lock down defender. He’s doing it on both ends of the floor, he’s playing an amazing stretch right now, and there’s no question without KD we need him to continue to play well.”

The former NBA guard says he’s never seen anyone with as much energy as Westbrook.

“The thing that he does not get enough credit for is he gives you everything he has every night,” said Brooks. “Not many guys can play back to backs in the same day, he has the ability to do that. The guy after a game that he’s had the night before where he played 40 minutes had points, had assists, had rebounds and defending, you don’t even feel like he’s even sweat. He’s just got so much energy and he’s such a well-conditioned athlete and he prepares himself to put himself in this position all summer long.”

Brooks said Durant’s foot is improving but is not exactly sure when he will play again.

“I don’t have an exact date when he will be back,” said Brooks. “He is going through his rehab, he has not practiced with us yet. He had a good workout today after practice he’s doing a lot of individual work. We’re looking forward to having him back, we’re in no rush, we want to make sure he feels comfortable and he passes all the benchmarks like he has in the past, like we have done in the past.”

As for if Brooks is worried about integrating the 6-time All-Star Durant with the surging Westbrook. The coach isn’t.

“It’s going to be easy. We’re talking about one of the best players on the planet coming back,” Brooks chuckled. “KD is a playmaker, KD can score the ball, he can score 35 every night but KD’s about winning games and making plays for his team along with scoring and defending.”

Brooks has marveled at the way Durant’s handled his injury.

“I’m so proud of Kevin. This is one of his toughest stretches of his career, not being able to play,” said Brooks. “That guy loves basketball. He’s a baller, he wants to play every day, he wants to play every night. For him not to be able to play is hard and he has been able to lead us in that situation and that’s not easy to do. He puts on a good strong face but it’s tough on him but he does a good job of leading in the locker room he does a good job of leading on the court during timeouts and he’s still a big part of this team even though he’s not playing in games.”

Having coached Durant for 7 seasons, Brooks’ admiration towards the 26-year old continues to grow.

“I love the guy, I like everything about him,” said Brooks. “He deserves everything that he had gotten so far in his career, and he’s going to be a special player for a lot of years.”

  • Scott Brooks
  • Mar 10th 2015

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