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Russell Westbrook: “I didn’t watch much basketball growing up”

Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

Layne Murdoch Jr.

Like it would to most NBA players, the fact Allen Iverson said he was a big Russell Westbrook fan was taken as a big compliment by the Thunder guard (who recorded his 10th triple-double of the season Sunday). Iverson said the spirit of himself lived in Westbrook, that “I’m the biggest Westbrook fan there is.”

However, did Westbrook watch a lot of Iverson growing up?

Not so much.

What makes Westbrook and Iverson similar is the fearless, relentlessly attacking style of play. Physically they are different and playing in a different era, but the game is the same.

Iverson recognizes that. Westbrook appreciates it, even if he hasn’t watched much AI.