Share “Russell Westbrook Bowling For Charity”

Thunder Rumblings


Russell Westbrook Bowling For Charity

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm •  Published: April 16, 2010

Russell Westbrook taught himself to bowl last summer.

Less than a year later, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s starting point guard has put purpose behind his newest passion.

Westbrook recently held his first celebrity bowling tournament in Oklahoma City, with proceeds going to the Oklahoma City Urban Youth Scholarship Fund.

And while this event was for a good cause, Westbrook made sure to let everyone know how good he is. Even while kidding around, Westbrook recorded strikes, showing off a jaw-dropping hook that starts left, drifts right and finishes in the gut for consistent strikes.

“It’s what I do in my off time,” Westbrook said. “Especially in the summer.”

Westbrook said he learned by watching others and asking for tips to perfect his own pitch. His personal best is a 279.

“A lot of guys pick up golf and other things,” Westbrook said. “I like to bowl.

On a damp Saturday evening in late March, Westbrook and most of his Thunder teammates took over AMF Windsor Lanes Bowling Center and entertained a crowd of roughly 150. Players shook hands, posed for pictures, signed autographs and, of course, talked trash to each other.

“Russell got his own shoes, his own ball, his own carrying bag and he’s still not better than me,” said Thunder forward Kevin Durant, who joked about giving up the NBA for the PBA.

Don’t fret, Thunder fans. Durant talks a much better game than he bowls.

Westbrook scored a 190. Let’s just say Durant was about 100 pins shy of his teammate.

At least Nenad Krstic had an excuse for his sub-100 performance.

“This is only like my third time bowling, so I think I’m doing pretty good,” he said.

Despite some of Westbrook’s teammates low scores, the event was a huge success. In addition to nearly the entire Thunder roster coming out in support, Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti was on hand, as well as assistant general manager Troy Weaver, a pair of Thunder Girls and, of course, Rumble the Bison.

Participating sponsors included Clear Channel, Brunswick, Norman Chrysler Jeep & Dodge, McDonald’s, Perry Broadcasting, the Skirvin Hilton an Mickey Mantle’s.

Westbrook expects the event to grow more and more each season.

“It’s the start of it, and it’s going to be something I continue to do,” Westbrook said. “It’s a great event. It’s a good thing to do every year.”


3 Show / Hide Archive Comments

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
+ show more


  1. 1
    Police standoff with armed man ends peacefully in Owasso
  2. 2
    Skiatook Lake update; Oklahoma records wettest month ever
  3. 3
    Best ever? Kendrick Perkins says LeBron James needs 'a couple more titles and that's it'
  4. 4
    Jenks man jailed after failing to pay for dinner at Tulsa restaurant
  5. 5
    Lincoln Riley's arrival makes ESPN's list of 100 things to look forward to in 2015
+ show more