Russell Westbrook is one of the world’s most engaging athletes — and it all boils down to his mantra: Honor the Gift (also the name of his fashion line). Or else his other mantra: Why Not? (which is also the name of Westbrook’s untethered reaching beyond basketball, his charitable foundation, and the protean spirit behind many of the things he does on the court.)
These two guiding principles work in tandem to keep Westbrook true to his unique path, both in basketball, in business, and in the American culture — where he plays an influential role.
Westbrook, a former NBA MVP, had a challenging basketball season last year, his first with the Los Angeles Lakers and his first teamed with the hoops icon LeBron James. Shooting woes and chemistry issues had people — not even just Lakers fans — crying out that the famous purple-and-gold just wasn’t Russ’s natural colorway, despite his being an LA native and UCLA product.
But as the new short film Dear Brodie shows, Westbrook’s true colors are deeper than what’s on his uniform — and he wants everybody, including the Lakers, to know it. In the sneak peek below, Westbrook reveals his real true colors, whatever the circumstances, and they are one with the orders he receives in the trailer for the film: Stay Noble, Stay Free, Stay Wise.
Humble, aware, determined, too, and in the moment — those are all what Westbrook vows to remain, even as life around him changes drastically.
Dear Brodie is written and directed by Dennis Williams from Campsight Studios and Zero World Media Productions.
Westbrook’s fitness and sculpted physique (featured below) is written by Russ himself, with a little extra inspiration from doubters, haters and naysayers.