For the ninth time in his career, Houston Rockets superstar Russell Westbrook will have the privilege of playing in an NBA All-Star game on Sunday night. The game will be following a drastically different format this year as a way of honoring the late, great Kobe Bryant and raising money for charity.
Russ will be playing for Team LeBron James alongside current backcourt teammate James Harden to take on Team Giannis Antetokounmpo. On paper, Team LeBron seems to have an advantage over Team Giannis but All-Star games are always unpredictable.
Westbrook has had a lot of success in All-Star games over the years, winning the game’s biggest honor, the All-Star Game MVP, in consecutive years in 2015 and 2016. The accomplishment made Russ just the second player ever to win back-to-back All-Star Game MVPs, with the only other time happening in 1958 and 1959 by Bob Pettit.
Overall, The Brodie has played in the All-Star Game enough times to have the chance to etch his name even further into the history books on Sunday in a few different ways. With this being the first time he will be representing the Houston Rockets while playing in the game, he has the opportunity to not only make history for himself but for the franchise as well.
Russell’s style is perfectly suited for such a relaxed yet ultimately competitive game, so there’s a good chance that he will accomplish at least one of these two things come Sunday night.