Enes Kanter is not your sterotypical center in the NBA. He is from Turkey and because of that has a unique view on life. He was raised up playing basketball in a place where most are focused on soccer, because of that we should trust him when he gives the ultimate comparison to Russell Westbrook.
When asked about Russ, Kanter said, ““I feel I would compare him to Cristiano Ronaldo. Because he has that body, he has that energy. And he’s impacting the game with that energy and athleticism. So I would compare him to Cristiano Ronaldo.” So of all the soccer players in the world Kanter choose to compare Westbrook to a man that many believe is one of the best in the entire world at playing the game.
For those who do not know Ronaldo plays for the Spanish club, Real Madrid and the national team of Portugal. Portugal recently won the Euro Championship with Ronald playing a huge part in that game. Ronaldo is the type of player who goes out there every game with two ideas, to win and to not let his team down. Sound in the familiar? Oh yeah, that describes Westbrook to a dime. If Westbrook can uses his same competitive spirit same way that Ronaldo does then it will not take much for OKC to continue their years of success.
This October the Thunder are traveling over to Spain to extend their brand in Europe and will play against the Real Madrid basketball team. It should be interesting seeing how those fans react to the overall ability and play of Russell Westbrook. OKC will also play against FC Barcelona Lassa. It is a good way to get the Thunder name out there and have their players experience other cultures.