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Last year, Russell Westbrook was one of the most talked about players in the NBA.  His name was all over the media from producing seemingly endless amounts of stats and recording 18 triple-doubles.  Just about everybody had something to say about his insane season, including Kobe Bryant.

Bryant, who wore jersey #24 the last half of his career, gave Westbrook one of the best compliments he has ever received from another player.  The compliment came in an interview that took place before his last game.

Kobe Bryant stated that Westbrook was the most athletic player he has ever played against via Serena Winters of Laker Nation:

This season will be the year that the media, the fans, and fellow NBA players will truly appreciate Westbrook.  The level of intensity that he brings onto the court every night should not be taken for granted.  Kobe also believes that Westbrook should be more appreciated.

Article written by Craig Hofeld. Follow @thethunderguys on Twitter.