Jordan Brand Released A Special Why Not Zer0.1 To Honor Russell Westbrook’s Late Friend Khelcey Barrs
Hard to believe, but back at Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, California Russell Westbrook wasn’t the best player on his team. That honor went to a guy named Khelcey Barrs III, who tragically passed away while playing pickup basketball at the age of just 16-years-old.
The six-foot-six Barrs was so good that he played on the same varsity team as eventual NBA first-round pick Dorell Wright at just the age of 15. His dream was to attend UCLA with his neighborhood friend and teammate, one Russell Westbrook.
Two former teammates of Barrs spoke about how talented the young man was in a story for VICE Sports…
“You had this sophomore who could rebound the ball, dribble the ball up court, and set somebody else up,” says Patrick Cleveland, a former high-school teammate who is now an assistant coach at Leuzinger. “He could go coast to coast and finish. He could shoot the ball. He can pass the ball. He defends.”
“He was the best three-point shooter we had and the best shot blocker,” says Jamelle Tolliver, another Leuzinger teammate who now plays for De Groene Uilen in Holland. “How the f**k do you do that?”
Sadly, for Westbrook, he ended up having to play at UCLA without his friend after Barrs died on the floor of the Los Angeles Southwest College gym due to an undiagnosed enlarged heart.
As seen in the photo above, Westbrook honors his friend to this day by wearing a wristband that reads “RIP KB3” whenever he plays. And now, thanks to a collaboration with Jordan Brand, Westbrook gets to honor Barrs even further with his own special edition Why Not Zer0.1 shoes, the “KB3.”