Russell Westbrook and girlfriend Nina Earl engaged

Russell Westbrook girlfriend Nina Earl

Russell Westbrook took a big step in his life by getting engaged to longtime girlfriend Nina Earl.

Both Westbrook and Earl announced the happy news via Instagram on Wednesday.

“Nothing even matters..” @ninamari3_ forever my lady! LOVE YOU!!!!” Westbrook wrote on Instagram.

“My life! I love you like XO @russwest44″ – wrote Earl.

The two even received congratulations from Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder teammate, Kevin Durant:

Here’s another up-close look at Earl’s engagement ring:

Russell Westbrook girlfriend Nina Earl

Westbrook and Earl met at UCLA. Here’s what Russ had to say about Nina in a 2013 interview with ESPN:

“But she’s a smart girl. She’s in school right now, trying to get her master’s in psychology. She knows what she wants to do in life, which is great. That’s easy for me to cope with.”

Clearly he found a keeper.

Megan Fox star struck by ‘gorgeous’ Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook Megan FoxRussell Westbrook is not just an NBA All-Star or fashion icon. He’s also a sexy stud, apparently.

Westbrook presented at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards on Thursday in Los Angeles, and he was paired with stunning beauty Megan Fox. Even though conventional wisdom would suggest Westbrook had the honor of presenting with Fox, it apparently was the other way around.

Check out what Fox said about the “gorgeous” Westbrook in a Facebook post on Friday:

Is that even real? Or is Fox just messing with us? There’s no way that’s real, right?

Fox has been ranked one of the hottest women of all time by Maxim and FHM. Westbrook has been ranked No. 1 player most likely to piss off Kevin Durant by not passing.

I don’t know what Fox was thinking, but Russ should be beating his chest right about now. Heck, he should even send her a free pair of sunglasses for that ego boost.

Russell Westbrook launches sunglasses line

Russell Westbrook frames

Russell Westbrook got into fashion after entering the NBA and developing into an All-Star, and now he has created his first product line.

Westbrook just launched a sunglasses company called Westbrook frames. The sunglasses are the hip, colorful kind that you typically see him wearing. Each model of sunglasses is named after a city in the Los Angeles area — which is where Russell is from — and the prices seem to range from $95-$145 per pair.

Russell Westbrook sunglasses

You can go to Westbrookframes.com to see the whole collection.

And if anyone from Westbrook Frames is reading this, feel free to send me out a pair of the Palisades in Ocean or Asphalt or the Hawthornes in Sky.

Photo via Instagram/Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook pulls out of USA Basketball for summer

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook has withdrawn from USA Basketball this summer, according to a report.

Yahoo! Sports says Westbrook, who underwent his third surgery on his knee in December, has decided not to play with the team over the next three months.

USA Basketball will have a training camp later this month followed by an exhibition tour in August and the World Cup in Spain in September.

Westbrook still hopes to play in the 2016 Summer Games, according to Yahoo!

USA Basketball is still loaded with guards despite Westbrook’s absence. The roster as of January included Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry and Bradley Beal. They still should be just fine.

Russell Westbrook was juuuust a bit off on this desperation 3-pointer (Video)

Russell Westbrook played a pretty darn good game for the Oklahoma City Thunder in their Game 6 series-ending loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, but many will focus on one of his worst moments from the game.

With the Thunder down 111-107 in the final 10 seconds of overtime, Westbrook decided to heave a 3-pointer that missed the rim, iron, backboard and sailed clear out of bounds for an ugly turnover. The terrible shot made him the subject of derision from fans, but let’s think about what he was doing there.

First off, the Spurs were playing great defense and OKC had no good option on the play. They had everyone covered:

Spurs defense

Whoever took the shot for OKC on that possession was going to have at least one hand in his face and was likely to miss. The only difference is Westbrook has the sack to take a shot in a pressure situation and doesn’t mind if it brings down his stats.

Then, it’s pretty obvious that Russ was hoping to get a foul call so he’d be sent to the line for three free throws the way he was against the Clippers in Game 5 of their series. That didn’t happen, which meant he got nothing out of the play.

Westbrook’s shooting stats on the night look bad; he was 8-of-23 and 1-for-6 on 3-pointers. But the guy was 17-for-18 on free throws, grabbed 7 rebounds, had 8 assists, and got 6 steals. He made some plans in the final minutes of regulation to send the game to overtime. Despite the ugly shot, he was doing things that had his ex-UCLA teammate singing his praise with tweets like this:

That may be an overstatement, but it’s not by much. Russ is one of the best players in the league. He can do things few other players can. You just have to accept his bad plays as part of his total package.

Russell Westbrook tells Kevin Durant to ‘wake up’ during Game 2 (Video)

The Oklahoma City Thunder minus Serge Ibaka have been no match for the San Antonio Spurs through two games of the Western Conference finals. That has been evident.

During the middle of the team’s blowout loss in Game 2 on Wednesday, Russell Westbrook did his best to try getting MVP Kevin Durant going.

Russell Westbrook Kevin Durant wake upRuss was seen pointing to his head and repeatedly telling the Slim Reaper to “wake up.” Durant was 6-of-16 for 15 points with 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 29 minutes. It was hardly the type of performance that made him MVP. Westbrook put up even more of a stinker, going 7-of-24 from the field.

Westbrook talked after the game about all the points in the paint the Thunder allowed and admitted they missed Ibaka. According to ESPN’s stats, the Spurs have scored 120 points in the paint — 51 percent of all their points — while shooting 67 percent in the paint.

We don’t post this to show in an effort to show that Westbrook and Durant aren’t getting along, but to show how frustrated things are for them. It’s obvious they’re not the same without Serge.

San Antonio won 112-77 two days after winning 122-105 in Game 1. Maybe things will get better for OKC at home, but things aren’t looking too good for them right now.

Video via @cjzero

Russell Westbrook’s brother on Thunder: ‘We need a new coach’

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook’s brother Ray had a Marcus Vick moment while watching the Oklahoma City Thunder fall behind against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of their playoff series on Thursday night.

With the Thunder down 71-54 in the third quarter, Westbrook was pulled for Reggie Jackson after missing a 3-pointer and committing a charge on consecutive possessions. That didn’t sit well with Ray, who tweeted the following:

Russell Westbrook brother

Ray quickly deleted the tweet, but the damage had already been done.

Russ finally re-entered the game with 7:43 left and his team down 81-64. They quickly went on a 7-0 run.

I’ve never been a big fan of Scott Brooks, so I agree with you, Ray. And anyone who thinks the Thunder are better off without Russ or when Russ plays less is crazy.

H/T Royce Young