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Russell Westbrook makes donation to help provide cash assistance to people in L.A.

Russell Westbrook, Rockets

Houston Rockets superstar Russell Westbrook is the latest NBA player to pledge financial assistance to the people who have been affected by the current coronavirus pandemic.

Westbrook, a Long Beach, California native, recently went on “Good Morning America” with his wife, Nina, to provide the details of how he intends to help out those most in need:

At this point it is clear that it isn’t only the people who have been hit by the virus who are/will be suffering, but the same can be said about a good chunk of America. With the country effectively in a shutdown, there seems to be no escaping the fact that the economy will take a significant hit because of the same. The people who will be most affected by this are those who live paycheck-to-paycheck, and for his part, Westbrook hopes to reach out to these impoverished people.

Westbrook may be a tough guy on the court, but there’s no denying that he has a golden heart. The Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation was established in 2012 and has since helped change the lives of a great number of kids living in poverty.

As for his basketball prowess, Westbrook was having a peach of a season in his debut campaign for the Rockets before the season came to an abrupt halt. In 53 games played so far, the 31-year-old averaged 27.5 points (on a career-best 47.4 percent shooting), 8.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 1.7 steals per contest. Houston holds a 40-24 record.