​Brodie and the Bearded One's relationship goes way back to even before their days in Oklahoma City.

Harden and Westbrook grew up as childhood friends and were able to see each other develop over the years on their way to becoming leading candidates for league MVP honors.

Ahead of the Rockets' fourth meeting with the Thunder this season, Harden sat down and dished some details on the kind of player Russell was growing up.

It's crazy to think these guys came from the same area. At the same time, you can kind of imagine that having someone there to compete with and push you to a certain degree must have aided in both of their developments. 

Back then they were two kids with a dream who today are both on the verge of being crowned the most valuable player in the National Basketball Association. They've certainly come a long way.

The MVP race is as tight as ever, and we may not be able to determine a clear winner until the very end.

It's really that close. Who do you got?