There is no player like Russell Westbrook and if you’ve seen him play, you know he
is always going 100 miles per hour and playing angry, but why?
It’s deeper than you think.
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Russ has been called the fiercest competitor in the NBA today.
He looks like he is trying to kill his opponent and the rim.
Where this attitude comes from goes back to high school, but first, hit that like button
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Russell Westbrook wasn’t born with a highly competitive attitude.
He grew up in LA playing multiple sports including football and basketball.
He was actually more gifted in football at a younger age but would find his interest
in basketball and would play for Leuzinger High School.
Leuzinger High School had a player that had the youngest Drew League debut at 15, had
multiple college offers, was called the best high school basketball player in the nation
and no this was not Russell Westbrook.
He wasn’t good.
He was only 5’ 8” and wasn’t even a starter for varsity.
This other star’s name was Khelcey Bars.
Khelcey Bars was not only this amazing player, but lived across the street from Westbrook,
it was a 30 second walk.
Khelcey and Russ were best friends and were inseparable, spending countless hours together.
They had dreams of playing college basketball together even though it looked like Russ wouldn’t
get any offers.
Khelcey, at 16 years old, seemed like he would be an NBA star.
As a 6’ 6” small forward, he could shoot 3s, rebound, play make, bring the ball up,
His future was bright, but one day Khelcey suddenly collapsed playing pick-up basketball.
Everyone thought he was joking until Khelcey started rolling his eyes back.
He was revived once with CPR, but on the way to the hospital, Khelcey would pass away.
Russ had left the gym before all of this had happened and never witnessed what had happened
to Khelcey, but it was a big deal.
I mean, he just lost his best friend.
Khelcey dying when he had such a bright future shook Russell Westbrook even more.
It opened his eyes and made him realize to never take life for granted.
There’s just too much to live for.
Right after his death, Russ started to push himself in basketball and everyone around
him saw it, a fire in his eyes.
Russ said that the reason he began to work even harder was because Khelcey would have
done the same.
Their assistant coach Young says that Russ is living for two people, that he has the
energy of Khelcey within him.
Russ would go Russ to this day is still impacted by his friend’s death.
He refuses to slow down for a second because he knows that Khelcey was ravenous about basketball.
Khelcey spent hours in the gym, hours training, and was in love with basketball.
When the coaches came to tell Russ that Khelcey had died, Russ had already found out and was
watching game tape of the Lakers versus Spurs.
The coaches said he looked catatonic, as if he was in a spell.
He would say that I give it my all, 100 percent, because you never know what will happen the
The next year, Russ would average 25 points and 8.7 rebounds because he made basketball
He became the star of his high school basketball team and would get an offer from UCLA, the
dream school Khelcey and Russ had wanted to play for together on.
Russ to this day wears KB3 on his wristbands in honor of his best friend.
That’s why he plays with such a passion on the floor, because he’s living two lives.
It comes out as rage, but it’s just raw emotion.
A lot of us like to hate on Russell Westbrook for his play, but I think we gotta give it
to him on loyalty.
I love Russ’s relentless drive, but I don’t know if that’s enough for him to win a championship.
But what do you think?
Can Russ win a championship with the way he plays?
Are you loyal like Russ?
Let me know in the comments down below.
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