Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was awarded the 2014-15 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award.
It is tempting to stop right there because that says all I personally need to know about Russ; He Cares. However, stopping there would be unfair to those Russell cares about, kids that need a helping hand.
"As a child, my brother and I were taught to challenge adversity by working harder and asking ourselves ‘why not? "The Why Not? Foundation aims to empower children to overcome their own obstacles and provide them with opportunities to reach their full potential."
Those that only know Westbrook from what they see on the court have probably never heard of the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation he started in 2012. One of the missions of Why Not? is to provide books for underprivileged kids and to inspire them to finish their education. Those that only see how hard he plays basketball probably don't know his heart and that he has teamed up with the Needs Foundation as a way to help keep those kids fed as well.
Most recently, Westbrook turned his All-Star MVP performance into an MVP act of kindness.
It is very appropriate that in a season Westbrook achieved a personal best 8.6 assists/game on the court that he would be awarded a special community assistance award off the court.
Here are a few of Russ's best assists this year:
and my personal favorite: