Surely, Morey had some feelings to get over before trading for Westbrook. Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook plays with the kind of style that makes you love him if he’s on your side and dislike him if he’s not. That’s even been the case for Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey.

During an appearance on FS1’s “First Things First” Tuesday, Morey talked about Westbrook’s game with the Rockets and jokingly admitted he hated Russ when the guard was with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“When [Westbrook] was in OKC, I hated him. I’ll be frank,” Morey said. “He played with such a passion, and he would win games with his energy alone. Here it’s the same thing.”

The answer from Morey came in the context of a bigger question about Westbrook not shooting as many 3-pointers over the past two months as he did early in the season with Houston, and as he had been doing with the Thunder. Morey says there is no directive from the team telling Westbrook how to play. Instead, he believes Westbrook is just seeing lots of open players and therefore opting to pass more.

Another reason for the previous dislike from Morey towards Westbrook? It probably had to do with Rockets star James Harden competing with Westbrook for NBA MVP in 2017. Morey was backing Harden all the way and felt the voting was wrong.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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BK / 10,444
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BOS / 26,395*
John Havlicek
CHA / 12,009
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GSW / 17,783*
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IND / 25,279*
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MEM / 11,733
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MIN / 19,201
Kevin Garnett
NO / 11,059
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OKC / 18,859
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TOR / 13,296
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