The Irresistible Drama of Russell Westbrook

March 9, 2015 2:13 AM

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The Irresistible Drama of Russell Westbrook

A little more than a month ago, when the Oklahoma City Thunder came to Madison Square Garden to play the abandoned cat circus called the New York Knicks, the Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook invited a few of his fashion-world pals to the game. Westbrook maintains a double life as a basketball supernova and a style vanguard—he can make Ziggy Stardust look like The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit—and he warned his friends from labels and magazines that the fiery Russell they saw on the Garden court might not be the Russell they knew from, say, Paris Fashion Week.

Despite 40 points from Westbrook, the Thunder lost that game. Since then, however, Different Russell has become the NBA rage, emerging not only as basketball’s most mesmerizing player, but perhaps the most thrilling athlete of the moment, period—Must-Watch, Can’t-Look-Away, Teach-Your-Grandparents-H...

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