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This story is pretty incredible if you ask me…
Russell Westbrook, NBA Star of the Houston Rockets, left an $8,000 tip to show his appreciation to the housekeepers upon departure from his NBA “bubble hotel” according to ESPN.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to watch sports all the time or understand the ins-and outs of points and miles to understand the generosity of this story.
For a bit of context, the NBA season was suspended earlier this year (for obvious reasons). Over the course of the next few months, the NBA developed a strategy to protect its players, coaches, and staff.
The season would continue in the “NBA bubble,” a place where all NBA personnel would self-isolate in their hotel rooms until twice testing negative for COVID-19.
In other words, a group of luxury hotels were selected in Orlando, Florida where NBA teams, literally, lived for months (of course with top-end amenities) and nearly 5 months later, the NBA season resumed, teams practiced daily and basketball games were televised as usual resulting in the playoffs.
The playoff Finals are currently taking place but Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets were eliminated last week.
Upon his departure from the Grand Floridian hotel, he dropped a few bands on the housing staff.
“They took great care of us,” Westbrook told Bleacher Report, confirming the tip. “Took the time and energy to do their job at a high level. That was the right thing. I like to do the right thing.”
In my eyes, that’s an incredible gesture, regardless to how much money you make.
It’s worth remembering that most NBA players were stuck in the same hotel room, playing basketball everyday, and brought “home” some extremely sweaty clothes…for MONTHS!
Westbrook is well-known for his generosity. He won the 2014-15 NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his work in the community and gives back frequently through his Why Not? Foundation and his Honor the Gift clothing line.
And just think…that’s $8,000 more than the CEO of Hilton leaves for housekeeping staff when he stays at hotels. 😳
What you do think about Russell Westbrooks gesture?
Cover Photo Provided by: Grand Floridian Hotel