Russell Westbrook talked to reporters before the Oklahoma City Thunder's first home game against the Phoenix Suns. Not only is he excited to be back on the court, he's also pumped he can get back to his pre-game peanut butter and jelly sandwiches routine.
Feelings before the game?
"After being off the floor for 7-8 months, I feel very excited to be back. Hopefully we can get a win."
Did Friday's game against the Utah Jazz speed up the process?
"Nah, nah. There wasn't too much that could speed up the process for me."
On the positive things said about him since being injured:
"I don't even know what I would've done without someone asking about me or checking on me. I'm really thankful of that. I want to say thank you to everyone for their support and I'm happy to be back on the floor."
On returning for the first home game:
"The goal was just to slow-play it. I've been slow-playing it. I wanted to play the first game, but I wasn't ready yet and wanted to get a few more practices under my belt, get my rhythm and find a way to get back on the floor."
On timeline set after injury:
"I don't know who made that up in the first place. I was never on that timetable at all. I was just taking it day-by-day, taking it one day at a time until I was ready to play."
What did you miss the most?
"Just the pre-game. Coming in, eating my peanut butter and jelly sandwich and stuff like that. As a player, coming and getting ready for the game."
Do you expect an adjustment period?
"Not sure. It's going to be different. Getting back in the groove of things, find a rhythm, whatever it may be. We'll take it day-by-day and try and get better."
How will you be better?
"Just watching man. I seen a lot of things just watching the game from a different point of view. Just learning things. Learning how guys communicate and learning the game a lot better."
Here is the Thunder crowd's reaction to Westbrook. Kevin Durant requested to be called out first so that Westbrook could be last.