Rockets: Russell Westbrook and wife Nina talk about life in quarantine

Houston Rockets Russell Westbrook (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images for American Express)
Houston Rockets Russell Westbrook (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images for American Express) /

Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook and his wife Nina were interviewed to discuss adjusting to quarantine life, give relationship tips and more.

On Wednesday morning, the Houston Rockets new superstar Russell Westbrook and his wife Nina joined NY Times Fashion’s Instagram Live to share how things have been going at home.

With Nina being a licensed marriage and couples therapist, much of the interview focused on her tips for keeping couples together during these trying times. When asked by New York Times columnist Bee Shapiro about what she recommends, one suggestion she had was having a date night.

“Russell and I love watching movies. Dinner, play games, go take a walk outside. Do something that helps you connect with your partner,” said Nina. While Russell agreed, he also stressed the importance of continuing to do some of his usual routines.

“I’m mixing my time up,” said Westbrook. “Whether I’m working out or taking care of business.” Russell also discussed how he and the rest of the team are staying in touch with the strength and conditioning team in Houston.

Russell Westbrook on staying ready (via NYT Fashion IG):

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Seeing how intense Russell is every time he’s out on the court, it makes sense that he’s still putting in two or three hours of work even with the NBA’s future uncertain.

“He has a lot of energy, I don’t know if you guys know this about him. Working out is his self-care routine,” chimed in Nina. “I can never get Russell to slow down and do the things that he wants to do. He needs rest. Now he’s going to bed at normal hours of the night.”

Before giving tips on how to handle quarantine life as a couple, Russell also talked about staying in contact with friends. “Me and my friends talk on FaceTime a lot,” said Westbrook. “My teammates as well, we talk individually.”

Nina Westbrook also gave some advice for any couples that might be disagreeing on the importance of staying quarantined.

Nina Westbrook on how to deal with a partner that's not taking quarantine seriously: "At this point, it's technically a medical risk."

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“At this point, it’s technically a medical risk,” declared Mrs. Westbrook. “When one person is doing what they can do to exercise their wellness and the other isn’t really into it, the best thing you can do is talk about it and lay out all the pros and cons and re-evaluate those things together.”

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Knowing Russell Westbrook, there’s no doubt he’s itching to get back on the basketball court, but from the way they spoke about quarantine life together, it appears that life in the Westbrook household is all going just fine as we all continue to flatten the coronavirus curve.