The NBA superstar unveiled his untold story of how he went from being underrated and unknown to being a potential NBA MVP in the Mag’s cover story.
Giving readers a glimpse into his childhood, Westbrook explains how he felt out of place while solo traveling to basketball camp filled with “somebodies.” But he didn’t let those thoughts squander his determination to be the best. If anything, it pushed him to become the star player he is today.
“The thing I’m impressed with isn’t the statistical accomplishment,” says Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti. “What he’s doing is more a feat of mental toughness and mental endurance.”
Throughout his years in the game, Westbrook has marveled his fans, peers, and mentors. His mental strength enables him to make the impossible happen—including the moment when he knocked a pass away from Sacramento Kings’ Rudy Gay, who’s 5 inches taller than Westbrook. Not only was he incredibly quick, he also used his powerful mind to guide his actions.
On and off the court, Westbrook leaves others guessing. We also can’t forget how Westbrook’s put the NBA on the map of fashion insiders, with his bold eccentric style. What other pro athlete has done that? But here’s your chance to get a glimpse into his motivations and upbringing. The Analytics Issue arrives March 27. Check out the article on ESPN here.