It’s been an eventful summer for Russell Westbrook. He participated in Team USA minicamp, launched his first signature shoe with Jordan Brand (the Westbrook Zero) and he’s capping it off by marrying longtime girlfriend Nina Earl, about a month before training camp.
Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook is getting a ring even before the NBA season begins — he’s marrying his longtime GF this weekend in a pretty baller setting.
TMZ Sports has learned … Russell and Nina Earl will walk down the aisle in Beverly Hills on Saturday — just about a year after they started planning. As we reported, they announced their engagement last September … when Nina posted a pic of her $700k ring!
Earl and Westbrook have been together since they were in college at UCLA. Knowing Westbrook, his wedding-day suit will be something memorable.
Turns out Jimmy Butler is not the only NBA star who loves him some Taylor Swift.
Add Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook to the list — he was rockin’ out to her Tuesday night.
We can also add Kobe Bryant to the list — he came out on stage in Los Angeles and presented her with one of those cheesy sellout banners that hang in arenas (I’m not a fan of those banners on principle).
There are probably others, but that’s enough for now.
On Monday, it was reported Stephen Curry had no interest in bolting Golden State when he becomes a free agent in 2017 – “As I am thinking right now, free agency isn’t really appealing to me because I love where I’m at.”
Tuesday Curry took fans’ questions on Facebook and said the same thing (the answer to this questions starts at the 2:30 mark).
“Hopefully not. Hopefully everything works out and I can finish my career here. I’ve probably got like 10 good years left.”
What did you think he would say? He just won a title, and he certainly wouldn’t want to start up the rumor mill for no reason.
Curry is on ]a steal of a deal right now. He will make $11.4 million next season — the 54th highest paid player in the league (according to ESPN’s Marc Stein). The reason is when his contract extension came up, he was still battling the ankle injuries that plagued his early career — nobody was sure if he would get past that and be a steady player. It was a fair deal at the time; he got some security, and the Warriors bet on their star blossoming and having him at well under market value. Golden State won that bet.
Curry is obviously a max player come 2017, and the Warriors will back up the Brinks truck.
Why do max guys leave? Because they see a better chance of winning elsewhere. Including LeBron James (it was part of his decision, a younger core around him). The summer of 2017 is a long way off, but it’s nearly impossible to imagine Curry will look at the Warriors’ roster and think he needs to get out of there to win.
In the summer of 2017 Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard, and Derrick Rose all could be free agents, and all of them are more likely to look around than Curry (at least as it seems now). In that environment, you can Curry re-signing with Golden State within minutes of the July 1 free-agent window opening. Well, so long as a lockout doesn’t ruin all of the fun.
(Hat tip Hoops Rumors)