Russell Westbrook is widely perceived as a player who no one wants to play with, largely thanks to his ball dominance and alleged stat padding.
But after spending two and a half years playing alongside Westbrook in OKC, Enes Kanter couldn’t disagree more.
“People are saying it’s so hard to play with Russ,” Kanter said on Undisputed this week.
"People are saying, 'It's so hard to play with Russ.' I don't understand. He's maybe the best teammate I've ever played with. I love him, man, on the court and off the court. … He was like a big brother to me." — @Enes_Kanter pic.twitter.com/CUeCMMLicd
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) July 23, 2018
“Man… this dude, he’s maybe the best teammate I’ve ever played with. He’s a very good dude. I mean, I love him — on the court and off the court.
“He’s the type of guy that makes himself and everyone else around him better. While some people say no… to me, yes.
“He made me so much better — on the court and off the court. He was like a big brother to me.”
Kanter’s love for Westbrook never waned during his time in Oklahoma City, even when Russ would cuss him out, as one particularly amusing story of his illustrated.
"There was a player, I say 'What's Up', it was in Golden State. He turned around, he catch me say 'What's Up' to him. He starts yelling at me, cussing at me. I'm like 'OK, I'm sorry. Please forgive me'"@Enes_Kanter on why Russell Westbrook is such a great teammate pic.twitter.com/OV4ySjKJAu
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 23, 2018
“There was a player, I say ‘What’s Up’, it was in Golden State,” Kanter told Colin Cowherd on Monday.
“He turned around, he catch me say ‘What’s Up’ to him. He starts yelling at me, cussing at me. I’m like ‘OK, I’m sorry. Please forgive me’.”
For a man who talks a lot of smack, Kanter certainly has a lot of good things to say about last year’s MVP.