During the Rockets-Thunder game, Russell Westbrook wears a Lakers jersey.


During the Rockets-Thunder game, Russell Westbrook wears a Lakers jersey.

It is unusual for NBA players to wear the uniform of another team, but Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets has a solid cause. Westbrook donned Kobe Bryant’s Lakers jersey on the bench during Game 4 of the Rockets-Thunder series as a tribute to the late legend.

Many NBA players are celebrating Bryant’s unofficial Kobe Bryant holiday on August 24 (8.24), a tribute to both of his former jersey numbers. Westbrook was questioned about what he learnt from Lakers star Kobe Bryant after his death.

According to USA Today, Westbrook added, “I know if Kobe were here, he’d tell me to go out and compete at the best level.” “I’m going to do it every night, and I’m going to make sure I leave it on the floor for him.” In his memory, his family, his daughter, and the passengers aboard the plane.”

Westbrook is still dealing with a quad injury.

Russell Westbrook arrives at Game 4 wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey.

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The Rockets are hoping to see Westbrook in a Rockets uniform sooner rather than later, but they haven’t given a timetable for when he’ll be back. Mike D’Antoni, the Rockets’ head coach, believes Westbrook is “coming closer” to returning.

According to Kelly Iko of The Athletic, D’Antoni said, “Today, he’s doing well and he’s really working hard.” “It appears he’s getting closer. He’s living in the gym and putting in the work to get to where he can be 100 percent.”

Bryant was described by Westbrook as a “friend, brother, mentor, and teacher.”

For the 8-24 photo, a better shot of Westbrook’s appearance.


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Following Bryant’s death, Westbrook posted a lengthy letter on Instagram about his friendship with The Black Mamba. After playing against Bryant in a pick-up game, Westbrook recognized he wanted to replicate his “Mamba Mentality.”

“On every level, I am crushed by the passing of Kobe and Gigi,” Westbrook said. “I first met Kobe when I was 16 and was playing pick-up basketball against him at UCLA. He acted as though it were the NBA finals. I determined then and there that I wanted to… Nokia News – Quick Recap


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