Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  17 responses

Westbrook’s Summer School Adventure

Let’s just say that Russell didn’t receive any special treatment despite his ballplayer status: “Westbrook, a second-year guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder, walked in late to a history class this summer at U.C.L.A. As the N.B.A. opens its preseason, Westbrook was among about 45 players — 10 percent of the league — who had traded gym bags for backpacks in the off-season. The teacher just called my name out: ‘Hey, Mr. Westbrook. Nice to see you. Nice for you to show up,’ Westbrook said. ‘I had to walk all the way to the front and sit on the stage in front of the whole class the whole time. For two hours. I couldn’t go to sleep, couldn’t do nothing. For two hours.”’

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  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    Never fun getting called out. Why you sleeping anyways, though, Russ?

  • Danny W UK

    ‘For two hours. I couldn’t go to sleep, couldn’t do nothing. For two hours.’ Which possibly explains the need for Summer School next year too.

  • rog123

    Haha couldn’t sleep. Classic

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    “among about 45 players — 10 percent of the league.” Wow, I didn’t even know ANY of them did that. That’s a pretty impressive number. And aside from that, I lol’d at the part about sleeping as well. But I’ve never heard of calling out a student to the point they have to sit in front of the class at a post-secondary school. It sounds like something that would happen in an elementary or high school, but definitely not a college/university.

  • http://Eman Eman

    Who better to make an example of then the big-time athlete. That educator means business.

  • Fat Lever

    Good, if you break the rules, you should get called out, just like “normal people”. F all this entitlement bs.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    UCLA professors keep it REALLY real!

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Fat Lever have you never been late to class in a university/college? Have you ever been to a university/college class? It’s not a big deal, you just find a seat and start paying attention in class.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    It does kind of sound like this professor has a little bit of jealousy in him or something. When I was in college dudes would always be 30, 45 minutes late. It used to piss me off something fierce but the professors would always just keep lecturing.

  • http://fdsjklf.com Jukai

    niQ: Depends what teacher and college buddy. No one noticed jack sh*t at U of R. My brother says he gets called out for five minutes by his teachers at UVM if he’s late.

  • Fat Lever

    niQ, I have been late multiple times to class actually. And yes, I have been to a university class. And yes, I have been called out on it by the teacher. So I was speaking from personal experience.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/overdribbling/index276.html chiqo

    i’ve had a few profs get upset, but most of them don’t care. it’s not really that serious.

  • http://www.in-n-outnba.blogspot.com Lucas

    Hahaha that’s great, love to hear stories like these.
    I wonder if he really cares about getting his degree

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Okay called out is fine. But have you ever had to sit in front of your class because of it?

  • http://morethanpractice.wordpress.com ja lawrence

    That’s definitely harsh. Might as well have sat him in the corner. Putting a grown man on timeout is bananas. I would have paid to see it tho.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    You gotta give Westbrook props for handling it all like a gentlemen though. Dude is arguably a future star in the NBA, and he didn’t get all “I’m a big NBA player, you can’t do this to me” about it. BTW, anyone read the link? According to Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times, “The average annual salary in the N.B.A. is $5.85 million, and players are generally secure in the near term. Their retirement years can be completely different. An estimated 60 percent of N.B.A. players are broke within five years of retiring”. Sixty percent! That is just staggering, so good on dudes for going back to school.

  • that dude

    If you just want to go to sleep anyway… don’t bother going to college!