Draymond Green Predicted LeBron James and Lakers’ Doom in 2011: “Russell Westbrook bout to shoot OKC out the Game Again”

Published 01/11/2022, 10:22 PM EST
Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (left) with guard Russell Westbrook prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Every season, a few teams end up dominating the league. While it can be a coincidence, some organizations can start building a team long ago, hoping for perfect results. For the 2021-22 season, the Los Angeles Lakers were ready for the season – a superteam with Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis.

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Having said that, the Lakers’ plans to win and dominate in the NBA might not be working as well as one would want. The team is currently placed seventh in the Western Conference, which also puts their playoff position in jeopardy. Though James is doing his best to carry the team ahead, that might not be enough for the Lakers to win – at least not the title.

Did Draymond Green predict the LeBron James and Lakers downfall ages ago?

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To anyone following the 2021-22 season, the Lakers’ position is quite clear. While a big three with Davis, Westbrook and James is around, the team has struggled to perform. Westbrook, who was roped in earlier this season, has received a lot of criticism about the same.

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Golden State Warriors icon Draymond Green seems to agree. Only, his prediction came back in 2011. He tweeted about Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder, calling out the then-OKC star about the way he played.

Now, as Westbrook plays for the Lakers, Green’s words can be seen as a sort of prediction for how he is playing.

“Westbrook about to shoot OKC out the game again,” Green wrote. This tweet was made in 2011, which is when Green was not even drafted. He made his NBA debut a year later, and has been with the GSW since.

Dec 23, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after a foul during the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Green’s tweet has been revisited multiple times throughout the year. The comments on the tweet range from 2017 to 2020, indicating that people to indeed go back to Green’s tweet.

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Westbrook has currently started to lead the league in turnovers – something which must have cost the Lakers in the game. Moreover, even 2018 tweets from fans claimed that Draymond’s tweet was indeed aged like fine wine.

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Whichever team one supports, Westbrook’s involvement with the team can only be seen as an issue. He is averaging 19 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game. Having said that, this does not mean the Lakers do not have a chance. If they do pull their act together during the remainder of the month, one might easily see them as contenders.

What do you think of Green’s words? Do you agree?

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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