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An All-Star Act of Automotive Generosity

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On: Sat, Apr 11, 2015 at 12:52PM | By: Gary P Garry


An All-Star Act of Automotive Generosity

I've been a sports guy all my life, and when I was younger I was very passionate about playing basketball. Over a number of years the sport transformed me from a shy kid with no self-esteem into a committed athlete who took the court with a great deal of pride and self-confidence.

For this, I credit my coach during middle school, who spent a great deal of time helping youngsters like me grow into young men. Plus, he helped to get me started on the car thing because he had an ultra-cool 1976 Cadillac Eldorado that was a true thing of beauty in my eyes.

Those days receded into the rear-view mirror a long time ago, but I still love the sport of basketball, and the talent level of top flight players these days is absolutely incredible. I have to tell you, I watch a lot of basketball because I'm into fantasy hoops, and the guy who absolutely blows my mind is Russell Westbrook.

His natural talent is absolutely freaky; he is the kind of guy who could have been a professional athlete in another sport (football comes to mind, even though he is not huge). The guy can jump out of the gym, he's strong as an ox, fast as a deer, and he has mad basketball skills all around.

To be honest, when I have seen him interviewed, I have come away with a rather negative impression. At the same time, I have to give people credit when they do something kind for others, and Westbrook has recently been in the news because of a very cool act of generosity.

The guy won the NBA All-Star game Most Valuable Player award after scoring 41 points in 25-1/2 minutes. This gets you a trophy, and you come home with bragging rights, but that's not all. Westbrook was also awarded with a 2015 Kia Sorrento SUV, because KIA is a big NBA sponsor.

He makes over $15 million a year, and he felt an embarrassment of riches was not to his liking, so Westbrook decided to give the car to someone who really needed it. The lucky recipient was a young single mom named Kerstin Gonzalez. He's also picking up the tab for registration fees and the first year of insurance, so she can get on the road right away without reaching into her pocket.

We always hear about the misdeeds of athletes, but we may not always hear about the good works that they do. Kudos to Russell Westbrook, and I hope that he has started a trend.

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