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Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook
Position: G
Born: 12/11/88
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:186 lbs. / 84.8 kg.
Salary: $16,744,218
Before home games, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s top security representative will personally deliver the game ball to star point guard Russell Westbrook in the locker room. Westbrook then takes it, inspects it, rubs it, dribbles it, holds it, smells it and, after approving it, passes it to each of his teammates, a sacred ceremony before the players circle up and sprint out of the tunnel. The league’s history is littered with such tales, especially of how far some players go to make sure the game ball is precisely to their liking. This is the story of game balls, from their calculated creation all the way to their NBA debuts — and then what they face once there.
Late last season, Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott spoke of Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson in the same breath as Oklahoma City star guard Russell Westbrook, saying that while Clarkson wasn’t on the same level, he did at least play a similar style and have similar athleticism. Now Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is making the same argument. “If there’s a player in the league that plays like him, it’s Russell Westbrook,” Kupchak said during a Thursday radio appearance with ESPN’s Colin Cowherd. “Now, I’m not saying for a second that Jordan Clarkson is the next Russell Westbrook, but he’s that kind of a ball-handling guard.