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On a team loaded with veteran players who have plenty of experience in big games, Russell Westbrook is asserting himself as an integral voice for the Houston Rockets.
Per The Athletic's Shams Charania, Westbrook has emerged as a vocal leader in Houston's locker room in his first season with the team:
"Westbrook joined [James] Harden's team in Houston, with Harden serving as the main usage star, but recently it has been Westbrook who has taken the initiative within the locker room.
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