While many pundits and fans have been salivating over the pairing of Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal, Westbrook spoke to the media for the first time as a member of the Wizards Saturday and he's just as excited about playing alongside the Panda.
"Me watching Brad, seeing Brad, and competing against him for years I've always been a huge fan of his game," Westbrook said. "He's like a silent assassin, he doesn't really say much but once the game starts he gets to it. That's something that I love about him from watching him."
"Obviously he's gotten better and better each season," Westbrook continued. "I'm just excited to play alongside him and help him in any way that I can."
Westbrook and Beal shared the court as teammates once in 2018 as members of "Team LeBron" during the All-Star game. However, they didn't communicate extensively because "everybody is so busy during that week," Westbrook said.
Westbrook and Beal did not practice together Saturday as logistics surrounding Wall/Westbrook trade were still being finalized. He's scheduled to begin practicing with his new squad Sunday, December 6.