Mario, Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook and the Thunder are thousands of miles from Oklahoma City, in the far off land of Spain. But Westbrook found an old friend overseas: Mario.


Is that an evil Bowser laugh?

The Thunder play Real Madrid Monday and FC Barcelona Wednesday as part of the NBA Global Games Europe 2016. If Westbrook and his teammates run into any turtles in Spain, they know Mario has their back.

After all, Mario is now Westbrook's partner-in-crime. Not Kevin Durant.

-- Follow Jeffrey Eisenband on Twitter @JeffEisenband.