Russell Westbrook is the favorite player of Victor Wembanyama, Scoot Henderson and Cam Whitmore

Brandon Rahbar: Victor Wembanyama, Scoot Henderson and Cam Whitmore all name Russell Westbrook as their favorite player. Those KD-Russ Thunder teams were one of the most popular and influential teams for this next generation of players.
Source: Twitter @BrandonRahbar

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Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Trail Blazers must do right by Damian Lillard: Blazer Focused podcast with @CraigBirnbach
Drafting and keeping Scoot Henderson is only justifiable if no legit deal for the No. 3 pick exists and/or Lillard in cool with the plan moving forward.
#RipCity…1:02 AM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Zion Williamson’s trade value could be holding up a Scoot Henderson deal to the New Orleans Pelicans… PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
PMers: The NBA Draft Confidential in @TheAthletic
concludes with NBA executives, scouts, college head coaches & assistant coaches opining on Victor Wembanyama’s unprecedented potential, along with the other top big man prospects in Thursday’s draft: PM
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📈 Wemby on the court
📉 Wemby on the mound
@CespedesBBQ with a full breakdown of Victor Wembanyama’s pitching mechanics at Yankee Stadium:
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Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
The NBA has big hopes for Victor Wembanyama, whose uniqueness is all about his height. But at least one prospect isn’t intimidated:
“That’s a big dude but he don’t got no muscle. So it doesn’t really phase me.”…7:00 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“Don’t listen to the speculations, I am playing”
🔊Projected Top Pick Victor Wembanyama (@vicw_32) clears the air about summer league. #NBADraft
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Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“The way he dunks too, I’m gonna try and dunk like him a little bit”
🏀Projected Lottery Pick Cam Whitmore explains why Russell Westbrook was his favorite player growing up. #2023NBADraft
@TermineRadio | @sarahkustok | @DalenCuff PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Cam Whitmore and Scoot Henderson list Thunder Legend Russell Westbrook as their favorite player. From the NBA Draft Media Guide. – 5:34 PM
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Mike Finger @mikefinger
The Spurs have won lots of championships. They’ve had lots of Hall of Famers.
But they’ve never had a franchise player with the celebrity starpower of Victor Wembanyama, who at 19 seems impossibly at ease with the attention his predecessors never wanted.…5:05 PM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Victor Wembanyama says he expects to win 2024 NBA Rookie of the Year and isn’t sure yet whether Spurs will manage his minutes: “I want to learn how to win as quick as possible. I’ve got no time to lose.” PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
The Spurs weren’t the only ones who thought they got lucky on draft lottery night. Victor Wembanyama did too.
On the eve of the NBA draft, here is a look at what everyone involved hopes could become a beautiful basketball union.… via @expressnews – 4:01 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“I think [Damian] Lillard’s game is crazy”.
Draft prospect, Scoot Henderson, shares his thoughts on Lillard and the possibility of joining the Portland Trailblazers.
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Eric Pincus @EricPincus
The rising cap will lift the NTMLE while the Early Bird Exception is tied to the average player salary. In short, the “take one year cheap so we can pay you a bigger EB” that now projects to pay less than next year’s NTMLE. May not bode well for Westbrook & LAC, Bruce Brown & DEN – 3:11 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Victor Wembanyama is considered a generational prospect. No hate at all because I like his game, but what makes him so much better than Kristaps Porzingis? If he’s generational, he has to clear Porzingis pretty easily. What are some of the major differences that separate him? – 2:14 PM
Victor Wembanyama confirms he intends on playing in Summer League after 2023 NBA Draft…1:48 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Victor Wembanyama was asked what he thinks about the hype around him, which seems to have spiraled out of control at times:
“I don’t let all this stuff get into my head because I have such high expectations for myself that I’m immune to all this stuff. So I really don’t care.” – 1:34 PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
Lunchtimers: The NBA Draft Confidential in @TheAthletic concludes with NBA executives, scouts, college head coaches & assistant coaches opining on Victor Wembanyama’s unprecedented potential, along with the other top big man prospects in Thursday’s draft: PM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Victor Wembanyama on the constant questions about his height: “It gets old. It got old a long time ago. It’s okay. I don’t mind. It’s part of the fun.” PM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Victor Wembanyama: “From what I’ve seen of San Antonio fans in New York, I know I’m going to get a lot of love. I’m going to give a lot of love to this fanbase. … I love it. All of this [excitement] means I can have a good impact on the world.” PM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Victor Wembanyama on why he wants to be the No. 1 NBA Draft pick so badly: “It’s a question of pride. I’ve always hated to have someone over me. I can’t accept not to be No. 1.” PM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Under intense grilling from an elementary school student, Victor Wembanyama says he’s 7’3” PM
NBA draft odds: Brandon Miller overtakes Scoot Henderson as heavy favorite to go No. 2 overall to Hornets…12:09 PM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Victor Wembanyama visits PS 092 in Harlem before 2023 NBA Draft AM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Victor Wembanyama reiterated today that he still intends to play for France at this summer’s FIBA Basketball World Cup. He says he will discuss that plan with “his franchise,” which, after tomorrow night, will be the Spurs. – 11:42 AM
Evan Sidery @esidery
Update on the status of the Trail Blazers’ No. 3 overall pick via @wojespn:
– Portland hasn’t received any trade offer that would move them off staying at No. 3.
– Portland views Scoot Henderson as a potential future All-Star.
– While the Blazers want to add veterans around… AM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Scoot Henderson on his games vs. Victor Wembanyama & trying to dunk on him: “I just seen how tall he was. Pretty tall, it’s kinda crazy… I showed everybody who I am, the mentality I have. Not backing down from nothing… Fearless… You’ve got to show what I’m about.” AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Consensus NBA Mock Draft: The lottery picks, starting with Victor Wembanyama…11:14 AM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Scoot Henderson possibly going third to Portland Trail Blazers: “I’m ready to contribute wherever I go. I think I could help Dame [Lillard]… Whatever play time I get, I’m going to go in there and kill.” AM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Victor Wembanyama says the Spurs are synonymous with winning:
“On lottery night, I was feeling lucky that they got the pick as a franchise that has that culture and experience in winning.” AM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Scoot Henderson on the best advice he’s gotten from Stephen Curry: “Honestly, how he has his whole family with him this whole time and how he’s always looking for a better way to maximize.” AM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Victor Wembanyama: “I’m trying to be the best. Being the best is not only on the court, it’s all dimensions of the job… I want also to be the best at the media and the press conferences. I don’t like to do things halfway.” AM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Scoot Henderson said he feels he could complement Damian Lillard well if given the chance:
“I think I complement his game in many ways… I could learn a lot from him.” AM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Victor Wembanyama on 2023 NBA Draft: “Tomorrow, something is going to happen that I’ve been thinking [about] for years and years. I can’t really describe how I feel right now, I just know I’m going to have trouble sleeping tonight.” AM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Scoot Henderson said he got a chance to dap up Damian Lillard before his workout, but didn’t speak at length with him.
“After that he kinda slid out but it was great to see him there and dap him up. First time meeting him in person, it was pretty cool.” AM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
The media crowd for top-3 pick Scoot Henderson AM
Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard
Is KD right when he says Harden, Kyrie and Westbrook are 3 of the most influential players? Rather build around Ohtani or Judge? & more! Guests: @adaniels33 @EphraimSalaam @martinweiss
Catch us live weeknights 7-10pm ET @FoxSportsRadio & @iHeartRadio…10:28 AM
Mike Finger @mikefinger
Victor Wembanyama just became the first Spur ever to tell me, “I want to be the best at the press conference.” AM
Erik Slater @erikslater_
Victor Wembanyama confirms he will play in Summer League.
Says he was in “the best shape of his life” during the French playoffs this last month. AM
Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Victor Wembanyama arrives at 2023 NBA Draft media day AM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
“I’ll be playing in the summer league.”
Victor Wembanyama playing in Summer League confirmed
(📸: @DanWoikeSports) AM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Wemby says he hopes to sneak out and see Times Square at night. So if you see a 7-foot-4 dude in Times Square tonight, it might be Victor Wembanyama. – 10:13 AM
Alex Raskin @RaskinDailyMail
Victor Wembanyama says he will be playing in summer league. #NBADraft #Spurs AM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Victor Wembanyama press conference AM
Tania Ganguli @taniaganguli
Victor Wembanyama had never been to New York before this week, so naturally he rode the subway to Yankee Stadium.
“WELCOME TO NEW YORK!” a lady yelled.…10:04 AM
Scott Cacciola @ScottCacciola
Read the great @taniaganguli on navigating the streets (and subways) of NYC with Victor Wembanyama:…9:51 AM
2023 NBA Mock Draft: Victor Wembanyama goes No. 1, then intrigue starts; Duke’s Dereck Lively II enters top 10
(By @ColinCBSSports)…9:48 AM
Jason Jones @mr_jasonjones
Wood Harris on making sports films, working with Scoot Henderson, Tupac and others
via @TheAthletic…9:41 AM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
My annual NBA Draft Confidential in @TheAthletic concludes with NBA executives, scouts, college head coaches & assistant coaches opining on Victor Wembanyama’s unprecedented potential, along with the other top big man prospects in Thursday’s draft: AM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Here at the NBA Draft, Victor Wembanyama will address the media in one conference room while all the other Draft guys will share another room for press conferences.
I met a French reporter who is moving from Paris to San Antonio to cover Wemby.He’s already hip to the River Walk AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
While Victor Wembanyama is hands down the most anticipated prospect in this year’s NBA Draft, check out the other International prospects 🙌
We present you a guide about some of the most interesting names that you might find in the upcoming NBA Draft:…5:01 AM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
The wait is almost over for Victor Wembanyama and European upstarts #NBAdraft…4:50 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most 5/5/5 games since 2000:
1,017 — LeBron James
705 — Russell Westbrook
613 — Jason Kidd
538 — Chris Paul
Nobody else has more than 500. PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Your NBA Draft preview and Trade Talk pod latest w/ @ChrisBHaynes from #thisleague UNCUT is out NOW. Covering:
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🏀 Draft chatter with special guest Rafael @Barlowe500
Latest NBA rumors: Blazers discussing OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam; Clippers mulling Chris Paul-Russell Westbrook duo…4:53 PM
Michael Dugat @mdug
It’s crazy to think about all the talent the old OKC big three has played with (referring to Durant, Harden, Westbrook) … and outside of Durant joining an existing championship team in Golden State, how little success relative to those talent levels overall. – 11:34 AM
Bill Ingram @TheRocketGuy
Russell Westbrook actually makes sense in Phoenix (latest rumor). Put him in a situation where he’s surrounded by shooters, a team that needs rebounds and penetration…and Russ will play through minor injuries, which KD and Beal won’t. – 11:31 AM

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Sources say the team hopes to bring back Russell Westbrook at a hometown discount ($3.8 million) for a year, to be paid next summer with Early Bird Rights (like Nicolas Batum and, formerly with the team, Reggie Jackson). -via Bleacher Report / June 15, 2023
Here is what he told JJ Redick during a recent interview (via The Old Man & The Three): “I know I’m never going to lose grasp of reality and do some [expletive] because I know what I want. I’m driven from the inside of my heart. Nothing can put me out of my path. I do everything I can so I deserve what I get. I think some players are really talented, physically or technically, really really talented. But their mind isn’t as good as their body is. You know what I’m saying? So they get results and they get titles and they get drafted or whatever. But truly they don’t deserve what they get. They [expletive] up afterwards.” -via For The Win / June 22, 2023
Clutch Points: “I know it’s gonna feel really special when I play against the top guys… Especially LeBron. When I play against LeBron, it’s gonna feel so weird.” Victor Wembanyama on who he is most excited to play against in the NBA 🙌 (via @OldManAndThree) -via Twitter @ClutchPointsApp / June 21, 2023
Clutch Points: “You got to be different, You got to be yourself… You don’t deserve nothing without hard work.. You need to deserve what you get.” Victor Wembanyama shares some advice to the next generation of young players 🙌 (via @jrnba) -via Twitter @ClutchPointsApp / June 21, 2023
Marc J. Spears: Hearing Damian Lillard and Scoot Henderson have been communicating regularly since the G League Ignite star’s workout in Portland, sources said. Dame attended draft workouts and has been working out regularly at the Blazers’ facility. Henderson is a candidate for the third pick. -via The Athletic / June 21, 2023
Henderson has provided a roadmap. “It’s his intellectual maturity and emotional maturity,” G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim told USA TODAY Sports. “You want him to struggle some and see how he managed the difficult times, how he managed success, how he owned mistakes, how he grew. … Across the board, he’s just really like unique in that sense for someone his age.” Abdur-Rahim, who spent 12 seasons in the NBA, credits Henderson’s parents, Chris and Crystal, for instilling those qualities. “They supported him and allowed him to grow up and get prepared,” Abdur-Rahim said. (Henderson’s sister, Crystal, led Kell (Marietta, Ga.) High to a 5A state title in 2023, scoring 29 points in the championship game, and she will play college basketball at Georgia State, according to the school’s web site.) -via USA Today Sports / June 21, 2023

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