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Born on November 12, 1988, in Long Beach, California, Russell Westbrook learned to play basketball from his hoops-loving father. After joining the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008, he led his team to the 2012 NBA Finals and became one of the league's most dynamic players. Known for his eccentric outfits, Westbrook has collaborated with Barneys New York and launched an eyewear brand.

Russell Westbrook III was born on November 12, 1988, in Long Beach, California, and grew up in South Central Los Angeles. He learned to play basketball from his dad, a playground star who devised drills for Westbrook and younger brother Raynard to follow. Russell Sr. and mom Shannon Horton also made sure their two boys focused on academics, with Westbrook eventually becoming an honor student.Westbrook attracted little attention as 5'8" freshman at Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, California, and the following year he endured a personal tragedy when teammate Khelcey Barrs died after a pickup game. Westbrook played his way into the starting lineup as a junior, and that summer he underwent a growth spurt that suddenly transformed him into a major college basketball prospect. As a senior, he averaged more than 25 points per game and dunked for the first time, and was recruited to play for Ben Howland at UCLA.

Along with his dazzling play, Westbrook has drawn attention for his colorful and creative outfits. His fashion interests led to a collaboration with luxury department store Barneys New York, which began selling the Westbrook XO Barneys New York line in 2014. He also launched the Westbrook Frames eyewear brand that year, and in early 2015 he was named marketing creative director of True Religion's spring campaign.