Jersey numbers hold a lot of significance to most players. They are like a sense of identity for them. Russell Westbrook has been carrying #0 since his time in UCLA, through eleven seasons with Oklahoma City Thunder and a brief one season with the Houston Rockets. However, it looks like he might have to make an enormous change as he moves to the Washington Wizards.
Russell Westbrook wasn’t his best during his stay with the Rockets. He was brought in to be the second scoring-option behind James Harden and give him a second superstar to bank on. However, both prefer control over the ball, and with Harden as the face of the franchise, Westbrook did not get to be the primary ball-handler.
Not only that, but their chemistry just did not sit right. After a disappointing season, both Harden and Westbrook requested a trade. But only Russell’s request has been granted for now. They traded him to the Washington Wizards for John Wall.
It is expected that Westbrook will be a brilliant match with Wizards’ Bradley Beal. But we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, because that’s exactly what we thought when Westbrook was paired with Harden. But before they play, setting a jersey number is important, and this has been a point of discussion given the Wizards’ recent addition.
Did Gilbert Arenas give Russell Westbrook his blessing?
The Number 0 has become relatively popular in the league these days. However, it was Gilbert Arenas’ seven-year stint with the Wizards that made this choice so popular. Although nothing was made official, it looked like the Wizards had retired the jersey.
Since Arenas was moved to the Orlando Magic, nobody has been allowed to pick that number. So, when Westbrook came in, who for most of his career has worn the number zero, questions arose about what the Wizards will do. But it looks like Gilbert doesn’t mind Westbrook taking over his number at all.
I was right… pic.twitter.com/uKmN10Vsyg
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) December 4, 2020
Gilbert commented on the goodbye note Westbrook published for the Rockets on Instagram. It said, “0 is all u Brodie. It will be a honour.”
Russell Westbrook will wear4️⃣! pic.twitter.com/KVGbSfiOg6
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 4, 2020
Although Arenas’ gesture was very beautiful, Westbrook has reportedly taken the No. 4 instead. No doubt Westbrook is a star. So, changing his number won’t take away from how much he can contribute. Do you think his future with the Wizards will be bright?
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