Houston Rockets’ Star Russell Westbrook Leaves Housekeeping $8,000 Tip in NBA Bubble Hotel
The NBA Finals are down to two teams. The LA Lakers and the Miami Heat may be battling for the ultimate prize—the NBA 2020 Championship, but as far as we’re concerned, Houston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook just earned MVP. Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News tweeted that he heard Westbrook left housekeeping at the Grand Floridian hotel in Orlando an $8,000 tip as he departed the NBA bubble. In addition to the reported gift, Townsend said, “Moreover, I'm told, he left the room virtually spotless.”
Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report spoke to the man himself and was able to confirm that he did leave a large tip for staff but did not confirm or deny the $8,000 figure. Westbrook spoke to Rooks and said, "They took great care of us. 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"
The Rockets took up residence in the Orlando hotel from July 9, until September 12 when Houston’s team was eliminated by the Lakers in the western conference semifinals. During that long period of time, the players, team officials, and even media have been confined to the bubble city the NBA created in Orlando.
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It’s worked to keep all involved safe from the coronavirus pandemic but required that the housekeepers for each hotel have had to add additional cleaning duties to their daily workloads. We think it’s wonderful that Westbrook sought a way to acknowledge and honor the hard work of those essential workers.