Out The Archive: SLAM 196

I dug up SLAM 196 to re-read a Punk story, and ended up digging up plenty of old memories with it. I went to Oklahoma City in December of 2015 to interview Russell Westbrook for this cover story.

Russ, wearing the #AirJordanXXX for the first time, spoke about his late best friend, Khelcey Barrs, who passed away in the 10th grade. I asked him if he could write Khelcey a letter, what would he say?

“I don’t know, man,” Russ said. “I’d take some time to do that. But my job, I think, is to constantly keep playing for him and through his name.”

Russ doesn’t talk about Khelcey Barrs often, but he always wears a wristband with “KB3” on it. Always keeping his friend in his heart and mind.