Russell Westbrook credit Tinseltown Shutterstock
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  • Faith: Christian
  • Career: Athlete
  • Birthday:  November 12, 1988

Russell Westbrook played basketball from a young age, but did not make his high school varsity team until his junior year.  He hoped to play for UCLA with his childhood best friend, Khelcey Barrs III, but Barrs died from an enlarged heart during a pickup game of basketball in 2004, two years before Westbrook entered UCLA. During his college career, Westbrook was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. Westbrook left UCLA after two years, however, to enter the NBA draft in 2008. He was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder where he has played ever since. He has, however, had several surgeries to deal with knee injuries including a torn meniscus.

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