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3x NBA champion speaks honestly about Russell Westbrook's tenure with the Lakers

On Thursday night, the Boston Celtics defeated the Dallas Mavericks 107-89 in the first game of the NBA Finals.

After the game, Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green did a live stream of his podcast (The Draymond Green Show) with three-time NBA champion Danny Green as guest.

During the show, the two NBA champions discussed the head coach Job offer for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Green, who played for the Lakers, talked about the challenges that come with playing for the franchise, citing Russell Westbrook's difficulties.

Green: “The Lakers job is a tough one-on-one job. People think you're a mentally tough player, kid, coach or whatever. You know, I could do anything, I've been through hell, I can handle it. I'll be fine. Until you get in there. That ring is a different type of ring. I've seen certain guys, even the toughest guys. Russell Westbrook. I don't know any guy in this league that's as mentally tough as him. He has that confidence, that chip on his shoulder, night in and night out, he doesn't care what anyone says, anything. He went to LA and just looked like a different person. Those lights are different, that organization and those fans are different.”

Westbrook spent part of two seasons with the Lakers before being traded to the Utah Jazz in 2023.

He then signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he seems to have found a home.

The former UCLA star won the 2017 MVP and is a future Hall of Famer.

January 23, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after making a 3-point basket during the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

January 23, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after making a 3-point basket during the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports