A team reunion led by Westbrook and Beal resulted in Spark Wizards originally appearing on NBC Sports Washington

Several weeks before one of their rare practices this season, the Wizards held a team meeting where Russell Westbrook asked each player to define their roles The team was in the middle of a start disappointing, and a misunderstanding of responsibilities was part of the problem in his eyes and those of Bradley Beal

So one by one they went around and each player declared what he thought were his main tasks in front of the group Rui Hachimura, for example, proclaimed that he could keep all five positions on the ground

“Everyone had to talk about it Everyone started talking and I mentioned, I said, ‘I can keep one to five'” said Hachimura “That’s what I got said to the team, to the whole team “

Shortly after that conversation, the assistants clicked They’ve now won five straight games, their longest streak since February 2018 They knew they were a talented team, even though they had reached 11 games under 500 It was about maximizing that talent and one way to do that, obviously, was to define their roles

“That was the main thing, finding our roles and the distinguished work of everyone on this team,” said Beal

“Everyone bought into this This is what we need for everyone to participate so that we win It’s really just that the guys are ready, ready for when the coach [Scott Brooks] calls your number “

Heading into this season, Brooks and general manager Tommy Sheppard noted how Westbrook’s vocal leadership style can have a unique effect on young players. The same goes for Beal, who continues to develop as a leader now at 27

They said sometimes a message is more effective from a player than a coach You can see it in the way Hachimura, in particular, describes the impact Westbrook and Beal have had on his defense

“Russ told me I can keep one to five, that I’m the only one who can make it here in the squad It made me start thinking about the importance of defense,” said Hachimura

“It made more confident that he would trust me with this stuff It made me feel like I can keep anyone in this league”

“Defensively I tell him, Brad tells him, Russell tells him; he’s the only guy on our team who can keep one to five. It’s a luxury to have,” said Brooks. p>

Westbrook rarely shares details of the conversations he has with his teammates when speaking to the media Sometimes he will say bluntly that it is private information

But on Wednesday night he shared what he thinks his leadership role is in this team

“My job is to make sure that as a team we go out and compete It’s all I can ask for Missing and taking shots is part of the game,” Westbrook said

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