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Michael Jordan Explains How Russell Westbrook Was Him 30 Years Ago

Michael Jordan has spent a lot of time praising guys on his brand ever since LeBron James said he was chasing his ghost.

After signing his new contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook received the ultimate praise from His Airness.

From Complex:

"Thirty years ago, that's me," he said of Westbrook. "The attitude, trying to prove myself, showing so much passion for the game of basketball. You see it in his play. You can tell he loves the game, he plays with energy and flair."

This certainly wasn’t the first time Westbrook had been compared to a young Jordan, but for Michael himself to do it, well, that was different. "That's crazy," he told us during his interview. "I really don't know what to say. To have the best player who ever played the game to say that about you as a player and as a person is something that is going to keep me striving."

Jordan is a businessman, and it makes complete sense why he said this. Westbrook is signed to Jordan Brand and has been the main player wearing the latest signature shoes, such as the Air Jordan XX8, XX9 and XXX. He will be the signature player wearing the upcoming Air Jordan XXXI on court this season. 

Just not too long ago, Jordan promoted another of his Jumpman crew members, saying that Los Angeles Clippers big man Blake Griffin should've starred in the "Space Jam 2" movie instead of—you guessed it—LeBron.

With all this, I'm curious at what these MJ quotes are really about.

-- Josh Dhani

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