“I would have loved being in that same role”: Utah Jazz Owner Dwyane Wade is all Praise for Russell Westbrook 

Jeet Pukhrambam
|Published December 14, 2022

If you ask any retired NBA player what they wish to do, they will say they would have liked to prolong their career. And as we see a lot of superstars from the previous generation reach their twilight, the only thing on their minds is to extend their careers. One example is Russell Westbrook. Mr. Triple Double might not be made of the same mold anymore but he is still playing a huge role.

And sure he may not give you a triple-double every night but he is facilitating a different role now. As the leader of the Lakers’ 6th unit, Russell is among the league’s best players off the bench. And one certain Miami Heat legend is absolutely loving this.

Dwyane Wade, who retired not too long ago has given “Brodie” his thumbs up.

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Russell Westbrook has been resurrected

Throughout the start of the season, a lot of questions have been raised about Russell Westbrook. His ability to deliver has dropped off and his impact since the last year has been abysmal. Not this year though.

In the 2022-23 season, Westbrook has been tremendous. A new role. A new Brodie. But the same old flair. His passing range has been stellar. Just take a look at these plays.

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Dwyane Wade, who is a part owner of the Utah Jazz, recently talked about this change to Sports Illustrated. He was one of the few players who extended his shelf life in the NBA by coming off the bench.

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Dwyane Wade gives his full approval

Wade who played 70 games off the bench in his last season, had this to say,

“If I wanted to keep playing another two, three years, I would’ve loved being in that same role, I would’ve had an amazing last three years of just having fun in that role. Coming off the bench playing 20 to 25 minutes a game … [Russ] made a great decision to prolong his career.”

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And as the Lakers star reaches the twilight of his career, this new role might help him be effective in more ways than one. But with huge questions surrounding the LA franchise, it will be hard to see if  Russell will find utility on the West Coast.

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Jeet Pukhrambam

Jeet Pukhrambam

Jeet Pukhrambam is The SportsRush's Lead Editor for Basketball. After freelancing for five years as an independent writer, Jeet created thousands of blog posts and articles. He now covers intriguing news reports and throwback stories on all things NBA. His interest in NBA started with the ascendancy of Giannis Antetokounmpo in the 2016-17 season. Since then, Jeet has managed to coalesce his knowledge of the game and his writing to create pieces that are reflective of the current state of the league. Now, he ensures that The SportsRush produces the highest quality of writing. In his free time, he enjoys playing football, cooking, traveling, and dancing to techno. Jeet takes pride in his critical thinking, music playlists, and his love for spaghetti.

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