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Thursday, October 11th, 2012 at 2:50 pm  |  19 responses

Russell Westbrook Signs With Jordan Brand


Jordan Brand won another battle in the never-ending shoe war, as they inked OKC Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook. Westbrook tweeted the following earlier this afternoon:

And now, we have details straight from Jordan Brand:

Today, Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc., announced the signing of Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook. The two-time NBA All-Star has agreed to a multi-year endorsement agreement with the brand.

“We are very excited to welcome Russell to the Jordan family,” said Michael Jordan. “Russell’s style, both on and off the court, combined with his love and dedication to the game make him a perfect fit for the Jordan Brand.  We love the drive and passion for basketball that Russell brings.”

Westbrook (6-4, 187) was named to the 2011-12 All-NBA Second Team this past season after helping the Thunder reach their first NBA Finals appearance since moving to Oklahoma City. The dynamic point guard averaged 23.6 points per contest (fifth in the NBA) to go along with 5.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds during the 2011-12 regular season. The Los Angeles native scored 21 points and pulled in five rebounds in his second consecutive NBA All-Star appearance.

Westbrook followed up a very successful NBA season by playing his way onto the USA Men’s National Basketball team for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Playing in a reserve role for Team USA, Westbrook average 8.5 points, 1.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds while appearing in all 8 Olympic contests. His games were highlighted by a 21-point performance in a record-setting Team USA win when the Americans scored an Olympic record 156 points in a 156-73 win over Nigeria.

Westbrook joined the NBA and the Thunder after two seasons at UCLA where he helped lead the Bruins team to back-to-back NCAA Final Four appearances. He was named PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Year while logging 1,318 minutes played, the most by a Bruin since 1979.

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  • zogs19994

    JB HAS ZERO INNOVATION

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Like the move. Wonder if he will get his own shoe and logo.

  • zogs19994

    YES, IT WILL BE A FISH

  • nhm

    i was hoping he’d sign with adidas to head the adizero line.. but oh well, good for russell, hopefully, he gets a sig shoe that way he won’t have to wear a cp3 shoe….

  • The Mauve Avenger

    He’s no D Wade ,but this is still a strong pick up for Jordan brand. Shame there won’t be any more Westbrook PEs for hyperfuse though.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    ahhhh guess no more Hyperfuses for Westbrook

  • biggieman

    I like the moves Jordan Brand is making… I can’t stand DWade, ( I think he cries around more than any other player in the L) and I’m a big Westbrook fan, so I am excited to hear this news. I can’t wait to see his signature model!

  • biggieman

    Give Westbrook a few more years and he’ll be way better than DWade.

  • TownRoyal88

    Great move for Westbrook and Jordan Brand, looking forward to seeing some OKC custom Jordan’s

  • roscoe

    “Russell’s style, both on and off the court, combined with his love and dedication to the game make him a perfect fit for the Jordan Brand. We love the drive and passion for basketball that Russell brings.” Does that mean dwade did not resemble those qualities? sorry, i had to ask.

  • fruizm

    ha!

  • http://www.facebook.com/doe.columbus Doe Columbus

    Nike and Jordan see a future superstar in the making!! Thunder UP!!

  • nhm

    i doubt that. wade already had his 1st ring by his 3rd year

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Two words Mourning and Shaq

  • Weapon X

    Zero is the ish!

  • jessedogg

    Are we really comparing RW to DW? RW will never be close… not now not ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/doe.columbus Doe Columbus

    THUNDER UP!!

  • Avery

    kiss of death. I wish he was his own man but it’s moves like this, moving in the shadows of Jordan, that remind me that not everyone is ready to blaze their own trail. I’m quite sure this is a huge payday for him but Russell but come on, this status quo stuff should be left to the non all-stars.

  • power23

    dwyane wade was not fired by Jordan Brand, nor was he released. He opted out of his contract to sign with a chinese brand.

    Better get your facts right first before commenting on anything.

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