Russell Westbrook’s longtime friend says guard is finally ‘at peace’ unlike last few years

Justin Benjamin
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The NBA may see a revived version of Washington Wizards newcomer Russell Westbrook this upcoming season.

One of Westbrook’s longtime friends recently told Michael Lee of the Washington Post that the superstar is in a good headspace for the first time in a long time.

“We were looking at the second act of Russell’s career; what’s going to make him happy? What’s important?” said Donnell Beverly, Westbrook’s business partner and longtime friend. “Really, it’s just being at peace. I don’t think that’s where he’s been the last few years. I don’t think he’s been at peace.”

Westbrook, 32, was recently shipped to the Wizards by the Houston Rockets in exchange for point guard John Wall and 2023 first-round pick.

The 2017 MVP reportedly wanted to be an alpha again. In addition, he preferred to play alongside Wizards sharpshooter Bradley Beal.

Of course, Westbrook’s sole season in Houston didn’t go well. The All-Star was reportedly displeased with face of the franchise James Harden’s special privileges.

The Rockets fizzled out in five games in the second round against the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2020 playoffs. Westbrook collected 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game last season.

Now, he is focused on getting the Wizards back into winning mode.The Wizards seriously believe Westbrook’s acquisition will catapult them into postseason contention.

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Justin has been writing about the NBA for several years. In addition to his stellar news coverage of the league, he has conducted multiple interviews with players and people around the league.