Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder began life after Kevin Durant with a trip to Europe as part of the NBA's Global Games when they recently took on Real Madrid and FC Barcelona Lassa in pre-season as part of their preparations for the new campaign.
Westbrook was clearly the attraction for Spanish fans and as the face and star player of the franchise, he was the man that many natives were flocking to see, and he didn't disappoint.
The five-time All-Star produced some of his signature dunks in the two contests, particularly against FC Barcelona Lassa where he rocked the rim with a dunk worthy of being showcased in the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest.
Putting his own performances to one side, however, Russ took time to praise the level of play from the two European sides and made an extremely bold statement when comparing them to his NBA counterparts.
"I think one thing people don't realise is guarding teams in Europe, their offences are 10 times better than NBA offence just because they move around a lot," Westbrook said, per the Norman Transcript.
"A lot of movement and not as much talent so they have to do different things to be able to score the basketball."
The comment may come as a surprise to many within the league, but having been in the NBA for eight years and competed against the best players and teams at the highest level, Westbrook is certainly qualified to make that judgement and is entitled to his opinion.
The remark shouldn't be taken out of context, however. He does admit that the talent and the level of play in the NBA are better, but therefore European teams put more emphasis on multiple ways to score that may not require just sheer athleticism.
After their European excursions, OKC will now switch their attentions back to more familiar opponents as they conclude their pre-season with games against Dallas, Memphis, Minnesota and Denver over the coming week before tipping off the new season at Philadelphia on October 26.