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Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets - Game Three

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The NBA bubble is sports’ most successful venture in this crazy COVID-19-infected world. Not one single NBA player, coach, or team staff tested positive for the pandemic disease one time since the bubble’s inception. Although just about every single player who isn’t in the bubble right now would rather be there competing for a championship, they had been cooped up on the Disney campus since July and going home was probably a welcome relief for many. If that time in Orlando was hard on the multi-millionaires, imagine how difficult it must have been for all the hotel employees and campus staff who had to be cooped up with them to service the property with janitorial services, food, laundry, and all other means of maintenance.

According to USAToday, this fact was not lost on Houston Rockets baller Russell Westbrook and “the brodie” made sure that those folks knew how much he appreciated them. Word is that Westbrook left the housekeeping staff an $8,000 tip when he checked out of his room. Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks confirmed that story with Westbrook himself.

Westbrook has been known for his generosity and charity work throughout his career. The Houston Rocket’s star won the 2014 – 2015 NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his community outreach work. Russell founded the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation in 2012 which is dedicated to supporting community-based education and family service programs. It also aims to empower youth to believe in themselves.

The Rockets were bubblized from July 9 to September 12. Taking care of athletes who had God-only-knows happening in their rooms for three months was likely no small task.

Shoutout to the brodie.


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