Russell Westbrook honored the late rapper Nipsey Hussle with his sneakers last night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar point guard suited up in his signature Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 basketball shoes in a special Pokémon-inspired colorway exclusively made for him. The sneaker is dominated by blue denim on the upper with textile mesh overlays on the eyestay and a Pokéball design on the tongue. The midsole adds a splash of color with a bright green and red TPU heel counter along with a yellow shank plate on the midfoot with a written message “NH NIP” on the forefoot. Prior to tipoff, Westbrook entered the arena wearing a Crenshaw T-shirt with a pair of “Varsity Blue” Jordan 6 shoes.
“Dedication, Hardwork plus Patience” pic.twitter.com/VyPwNfGFp9
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) April 3, 2019
Historic night for Russell Westbrook. 20 points // 20 rebounds // 21 assists pic.twitter.com/T3tVWiOIvK
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) April 3, 2019
“I’m grateful to be able to play the game, but that wasn’t for me, that was for my bro, that was for Nipsey. 20 plus 20 plus 20, they know what that means,” Westbrook said after the game with the impressive stat line as a reference to Hussle’s affiliation with the Rollin 60’s gang.