In need of some Love this Valentine's Day weekend? What about some Westbrook?
If you answered yes to both (or even just one), you're in luck. Former UCLA teammates Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook -- who were recently named to USA Basketball's national team program-- will play together tonight (6 p.m./PT) as part of the sophomore team in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge. The game will be televised live on TNT.
Bruins fans might become nostalgic if any of this takes place-- especially with the way things have been going in Westwood.
Westbrook, who is averaging 16 points and more than seven assists for the Oklahoma City Thunder, would be a senior if he had not left after his sophomore season. Love, who is posting 15 points and 11 rebounds per game for the Minnesota Timberwolves, would be a junior. ESPN's Tim Legler likes Westbrook in tonight's contest:
"...my personal choice for dark horse MVP in the game, is Russell Westbrook. His confidence has grown on a nightly basis and he will thrive in an open court 'pickup'style of game in which he can use his burst and athleticism to get to the rim at will. If nothing else, he will give everyone a few highlight-reel dunks that we will all be talking about at work the next day." -- Legler