James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Paul George tear up the pickup circuit
Two-thirds of the Oklahoma City Thunder original trio and Paul George continued to tear up the offseason pickup ball circuit, as James Harden and Russell Westbrook went at it during the most recent of Rico Hines’ famed UCLA runs.
Harden, Westbrook and George — all Los Angeles natives — went toe-to-toe against some of the local stars and other NBA players like Austin Rivers, Buddy Hield, Bismack Biyombo and Kevon Looney.
Harden continued to show why he’s the NBA’s MVP with myriad well-timed passes and wrecking-ball-like drives to the rim, while Westbrook worked on his catch-and-shoot 3-point shooting, an area of focus for this offseason as he keeps pull-up treys to a minimum.
George seems to have gotten fully over the elbow bursitis that plagued him during the latter part of the season, causing him to go in an awful 3-point slump heading into the playoff stretch.
While it’s hard to say if he’s in full Playoff P mode, he seems to be in full-fledged Preseason P mode right now, still a month away from the start of training camp.
All three players have been known to put their skills to the test at Rico Hines’ over the summer, which has become the West Coast version of the Blackout Sessions held by former New York Knicks trainer Chris Brickley.
Brickley recently hosted players like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Lance Stephenson and Enes Kanter, among others.
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