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One week to training camp... Russell Westbrook will once again kill the rim

Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook heads to the bench at a break against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of Game 5 in the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, June 4, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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The wait is almost over. We’re just a week away from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to.

Russell Westbrook is proof that basketball can be violence can be art.

Some players don’t really put a lot of their personality into their game. Tim Duncan is robotic and clinical, when in reality he’s likeable and funny, for example. But you get the feeling watching him dunk that its’ always some sort of anger management. If he just kills that rim hard enough, people will see how good he is, stop questioning if he’s the problem with the Thunder, stop calling him Robin.

For the rest of us, though, it’s just fun.