Russell Westbrook is constantly evolving and leveling up, but his mission remains the same: to inspire. For the fourth consecutive offseason, Russ is connecting with his basketball family in Asia, to share his love of the game, fashion and supporting the next generation. For his trips to Tokyo and Seoul (it’s his first time in Korea), Russ brought the heat with two new Why Not Zer0.2 PEs inspired by each city. He’s been giving out pairs to young people there, in addition to sharing his new Why Not? apparel collection.

Top: Why Not Zer0.2 “Seoul” PE; Bottom: Why Not Zer0.2 “Tokyo” PE

The “Seoul” PE is inspired by the majestic design, colors and textures of a well-known palace in the city’s Jongro District. The “Tokyo” PE is inspired by the city’s vibrant nightlife and signature neon signage. Both continue the bold style and intricate details of Russ’ WN0.2 colorways and PEs, so far.

Below, Russ talks about the PEs, the tour and more.

Russ supports players at a basketball clinic in Seoul

On connecting with fans in Tokyo and Seoul:

I never really imagined traveling the world and being able to go places where hundreds of people are cheering for me. It’s mind-blowing, and I’m always excited to see new places and people. I’m thankful and honored that these families and kids take the time out of their day to see me while I’m in town. Basketball is obviously very, very big in Asia. This tour is really important to me, and I appreciate all of the support.

On making special PEs inspired by Tokyo and Seoul:

I thought it would be nice to do certain PEs for the places we go, because the people there really matter to me. They follow me, so I think it’s only right that I try to do something special for them and their cities.

Russ at the Tokyo Tower wearing the WN0.2 “Tokyo” PEs

On showing up for the youth:

Growing up in the inner city of Los Angeles, I had to figure out a way to get out and be successful — to do the right thing for my family and friends. Supporting the youth is important, especially in this day and age, because they impact so much. They lead in many different ways, through social media and other channels. It’s important to help the youth move forward, whether it’s through sports, education, technology or anything else.

On keeping the tour going each summer:

I remember every year. My popularity and brand have grown, and I think people have seen the progression. They still follow me, and I’m so thankful for that, because inspiring them and inspiring people across the world is the main thing I care about.

Russ meets young fans in Seoul

Follow @Jumpman23 and @RussWest44 on Instagram for updates from the tour.



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