“I 100 percent stand behind my wife and how she’s feeling,” he said March 7. When it comes basketball, I’m not afraid to be criticised for missing or making mistakes. It becomes an issue when it is made public that my name has been shamed.
Russell said the criticism about how he plays started to get to him when he realized how proud his son was of his last name. 
According to the veteran of 14 years, “Me (my wife) were attending teacher-parent conferences in support of my son.” The teacher said to me that Noah is proud of his name. It’s all over him. He puts it everywhere. He then tells everyone, and walks around saying “I am Westbrook.” It was shocking. I just sat stunned and thought, “Damn.” I can no longer allow people—for example, Westbrick—to me, is now shaming my name.'”