There is a joke in the Oklahoma City media circle that there are two Westbrooks in the world: one Westbrook wears basketball shoes, and the other Westbrook doesn’t.
On the court, he was Russell Westbrook, an infernal blend of energy, rage and toughness.
He is indifferent to reporters, hostile to opponents, and wants to turn everything down—whether it’s an ugly mistake, a strong three-pointer against a double team or the most basic breakthrough shot.
On the other hand, he is Russo, who likes to joke around and be friendly in the Thunder locker room.
Off the court he’s endearing and charming, witty and sharp.
He’s even become chatty and likes to chat about everything from fashion to food.
But Russell Westbrook doesn’t like others to know him like this.
Westbrook is a mystery, but you just want to understand him?
No problem, the editor of ESPN risked his life to collect 39 little things about Westbrook for fans. Whether you have heard of it before or not, you should know about it:
He only wears each trendy suit once.
Give it away when you’re done wearing it.
He is left-handed.
Westbrook uses his left hand for everything except shooting, including signing autographs, brushing his teeth, and throwing a football.
He is really smart.
As an outstanding graduate of Luzinger High School in Langdale, California, Westbrook said that he received an admission notice from Stanford University and can get a half scholarship at the same time.
But because the tuition was still too expensive for them at the time, Westbrook did not choose to go to Stanford in the end.
His favorite subject is mathematics.
He says figuring out his dressing style is like solving an equation.
He is generous.
Westbrook won the league’s Community Aid Award last season, and he donated a lot to the local community, such as opening “Westbrook Libraries” in many Oklahoma City schools.
He also donated nearly $1 million worth of training facilities and equipment to his alma mater.
Even as he recovered from his injury, he asked the team’s PR to take him out to aid local people affected by the tornado: “I want to be with those people.” A few hours later, Westbrook appeared on crutches.
Among the ruins, people who have lost their homes are encouraged.
He also presented a complete set of AJ equipment to every team employee, which was basically sent to everyone in the arena.
He will participate in family day activities for team employees.
Westbrook will attend the children’s football and hockey games, and will perform dances and piano readings together.
His wife also used to play at UCLA.
That’s why they met each other.
Now his wife Nina is still playing in the amateur league, and Westbrook also participates in every game.
He is a husband who loves his wife very much.
In Oklahoma City, what you hear most is that Westbrook is completely loyal to his wife Nina, which is really unique in NBA circles.
He hates lasagna.
Unless this side is made by Nina.
He loves chocolate-flavored walnut cookies.
He is allergic to shellfish.
He loves bowling.
Westbrook hosts an annual bowling tournament for his foundation and claims to regularly hit 190s.
He was even known locally for bowling alone.
He’s a bit of a clean freak.
Westbrook’s lockers are perfectly placed.
He spends extra time arranging his post-match clothes, including socks and underwear, to make sure they arrive neatly in the hands of locker room staff.
He eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before every game.
But it has to be Siji Bao peanut butter and strawberry jelly (not jam!), and the bread has to be toasted wheat bread.
He is the heroine.
At least that’s what Kevin Durant called him in a column in 13 years, “I call him a virtual diva,” Durant said at the time, “On the court, he is a fighter full of fighting spirit. And off the court,
He’d just sit in front of the mirror just to make sure he was wearing the right lipstick.”
He describes himself as shy.
He will wear two armguards during the game.
One is called “Why Not?”, which is Westbrook’s life creed; the other is called “KB3”, to commemorate his friend who passed away due to illness in 2004.
He said he only had one friend on the field.
That is basketball.
He is never late.
Westbrook always arrives early for training, sometimes even 2-3 hours earlier.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti always likes to tell a story: He showed up 30 minutes early for warm-up practice, but Westbrook wasn’t there.
The player didn’t get out of the car in the parking lot until he called Westbrook, who had arrived early.
His favorite number is 4.
This is his back number in high school.
“Because there are four people in my family,” Westbrook said before his marriage.
So why does he wear size 0 now?
“Whenever you go through something, you go back to zero, looking for a new beginning,” Westbrook said early in his career. “It helps you keep moving, keep growing.”
He calls his parents before every game.
In an interview in 2015, Westbrook revealed: “I communicate with them every day. We are very close. I will chat with them every day, whether it is 2 minutes or 30 seconds. Talk about life or anything else. Just in
I’d call them before the game, and sometimes they wouldn’t even talk about the game. That’s what I was doing.”
He also played football, baseball and tennis while growing up.
Westbrook is a great athlete.
He played linebacker and running back.
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