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Can Westbrook bounce back?

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07:11 AM ET 09.16 | Soon, the wait will be over. Believe it or not, training camp opens for the Thunder in less than two weeks. That means no more waiting and wondering. All of our questions about this revamped squad will soon be answered. ... How will Russell Westbrook return? An unfortunate knee injury to Westbrook devastated a state and derailed the Thunder's season. How Westbrook bounces back from that setback will now determine how far the Thunder can go. For five seasons we've watched Westbrook display one of the most fearless styles of play on the planet. His relentless attack has always put pressure on defenses and given the Thunder a go-to option whenever all else fails. But will Westbrook still have that same gear with a reconstructed knee? Will he still have that same mentality?

The Oklahoman

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September 16, 2013  07:46 AM ET

If he doesn't bounce back we may have to start calling him "Southbrook".

September 16, 2013  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If he doesn't bounce back we may have to start calling him "Southbrook".

Or WestBrokeKnee

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September 16, 2013  08:59 AM ET

Could be rushing it too soon. He will go hard to the basket sometimes but not as much as before. He has developed a jump shot and is pretty deadly w/ his stop and pop.

September 16, 2013  09:01 AM ET

He needs to develop an outside shot.

September 16, 2013  10:22 AM ET

Come To LA, Bro.

September 16, 2013  12:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He'll be fine, these guys are young and in elite shape

So long as he remains the best ball hog ans selfish player Thunder won't get over the hump.

September 16, 2013  01:18 PM ET

Half of his shots were jump shots. He does have a jump shot...

Now if you say he needs to develop a post move than I would say you're right on the money...lol

September 16, 2013  01:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

So long as he remains the best ball hog ans selfish player Thunder won't get over the hump.

Damn! After 4 or 5 years, we finally end up on the same page. OKC needs a point guard. Westbrook should be playing the 2.

September 16, 2013  03:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Damn! After 4 or 5 years, we finally end up on the same page. OKC needs a point guard. Westbrook should be playing the 2.

This is the second point we've agreed on. Have a nice day man.

September 16, 2013  03:12 PM ET

I think Westbrook will be just fine. I am hoping that having him sit out for the remainder of the playoffs last year gave him a new perspective and showed him he can be a facilitator for the Thunder and still get his points too. Time will tell.

September 16, 2013  04:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I think Westbrook will be just fine. I am hoping that having him sit out for the remainder of the playoffs last year gave him a new perspective and showed him he can be a facilitator for the Thunder and still get his points too. Time will tell.

But it also showed that they needed his points. KD did some facilitating but the other players didn't knock down their shots.

September 16, 2013  08:19 PM ET

Keep Westbrook with the Thunder... As long as he is there, so is the ball hogging chaos and I really don't want to see the Thunder in the playoffs... Durant is scary.... Westbrook a hindrance...

 
September 18, 2013  01:10 PM ET

NO-Grumpy Cat, eh just kidding he'll bounce back unless his game goes to the South Pole

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