38 Inspirational Quotes By Basketball Player Russell Westbrook

Player name: Russell Westbrook, American basketball player.

Russell Westbrook was born in Long Beach, California. He debuted in the NBA in 2008, after being drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He represented the United States in the 2012 Summer Olympics as well as the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Westbrook surpassed Michael Jordan for the second-most triple-doubles in NBA history during the 2017-18 season. Westbrook played collegiate basketball for the UCLA Bruins.

We’ve included some of Russell Westbrook’s most motivational and inspirational quotes in this post. These quotes strongly underline the value of perseverance and hard effort. Furthermore, a couple of quotes near the end perfectly capture the basketball player’s sense of humor.

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  1. Stay authentic to who you are and everything else will fall in place.” – Russell Westbrook

  2. It’s going to be a struggle. It’s not just -snap of a finger- going to change tomorrow. Just take it step by step. Whether it’s protests, finding ways to bring light.” – Russell Westbrook

  3. Never let anyone tell you can’t do something, or what you do isn’t enough. Be true to you, and revel in your truth.” – Russell Westbrook

  4. Greatness is earned by putting in the work when no one else is watching.” – Russell Westbrook

  5. One move can start a whole movement.” – Russell Westbrook

  6. I’m not a quitter. It’s not in my genes. I don’t quit regardless of what the hell’s going on. I’m gonna fight to the end.” – Russell Westbrook

  7. I’m never going to give up or give in because of a little struggle that’s happening.” – Russell Westbrook

  8. Growing up in the inner city of Los Angeles, I never thought I would ever get a chance at a signature shoe let alone to own a streetwear brand. Dreams really do come true.” – Russell Westbrook

  9. ‘Why not?’ That’s my motto. That’s what I believe. I never know what’s possible. I don’t know what’s not possible. I don’t know what people can and can’t do. I don’t limit myself. I just say ‘Why not?’ and continue to play. That’s my motto and I stand behind it.” – Russell Westbrook

  10. I met Kobe when I was 16 at UCLA playing against him in a pick up game. He played like it was the NBA finals. From that point on, I decided that I wanted to emulate his Mamba mentality.” – Russell Westbrook

  11. A lot of people, you can write a check, you can do anything, but if you’re a kid from the inner-city and you don’t actually feel that impact or that inspiration, it doesn’t really change your life.” – Russell Westbrook

  12. It’s impossible for you to understand what happen today if you don’t understand the past.” – Russell Westbrook

  13. Nothing is more important to me than family.” – Russell Westbrook

  14. Your gift and self-belief are what will take you places.” – Russell Westbrook

  15. Every day, it’s a challenge for me to change the narrative.” – Russell Westbrook

  16. The key is just to be humble and be thankful.” – Russell Westbrook

  17. You just have to stay focused, and improving is the most important part, because a lot of people overlook that.” – Russell Westbrook

  18. If you want to win, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to win.” – Russell Westbrook

  19. Whatever you need to do to find a way to get a win, you have to do it.” – Russell Westbrook

  20. I have a purpose that’s bigger than basketball and I always keep that as my forefront regardless of what happens inside of pro sports.” – Russell Westbrook

  21. “Honor the gift” means I believe everybody has been blessed with a talent, and I believe God has blessed everyone to honor each and every one of their gifts.” – Russell Westbrook

  22. Great teams stick together. Staying close with each other regardless of what was going on, just playing through all of it.” – Russell Westbrook

  23. You have to earn the right for people to say that you’re a leader regardless of how many numbers you put up, how many points, whatever it is that you’re doing.” – Russell Westbrook

  24. You always have to reflect and kind of see where you began to kind of where you’re at to kind of improve on the things you want to do and get better.” – Russell Westbrook

  25. Regardless of what people say, whether it’s possible or not, I continue to think ‘why not?’ and strive to be the best I can be.” – Russell Westbrook

  26. I was never the best player. Not ever in my life. Though even when I was younger, I felt that on any given day I could be. And that mentality is what’s helped me get over the hump each and every day to where I was meant to go.” – Russell Westbrook

  27. I find inspiration everywhere. I travel a lot with basketball, so I am able to see all different people, cultures, and parts of the world.  I take inspiration from all of that.” – Russell Westbrook

  28. Having self-confidence in this world is important in whatever you’re doing.” – Russell Westbrook

  29. How you dress and how you wear clothes tells a lot about a person. And you being confident in your clothes and showing some swagger can be a weapon, for sure.” – Russell Westbrook

  30. I don’t follow trends. I create my own lane and always ask myself, ‘Why not?’.” – Russell Westbrook

  31. When you look back, think about the fun times instead of what could’ve been.” – Russell Westbrook

  32. Another new chapter, another fresh start, at the bottom again.” – Russell Westbrook

  33. The best thing I can do is stay true to myself. If I do what I know how to do, everything else will follow.” – Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook Funny Quotes

  1. I’ve been wearing glasses since I’ve been in the league. I think everybody else just started wearing them now.” – Russell Westbrook

  2. I have never shaved a day in my life.” – Russell Westbrook

  3. If I need to score at a high level, I can do that. Pass? I can do that. Rebound? I can do that. Want me to coach? S—, I can do that, too.” – Russell Westbrook

  4. When I get on the floor, I got one friend. That’s the basketball.” – Russell Westbrook

  5. I Got 23000 points. How about that [as an answer?]” – Russell Westbrook



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