Russell Westbrook on Regrets About Teaming Up With LeBron James at Lakers: “It’s Bigger Than Basketball for Me”

Published 01/14/2022, 11:30 AM EST
Nov 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts with guard Russell Westbrook (0) after his basket scored against the Houston Rockets during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles Lakers are .500 this season so far in 42 games. They have failed to maintain their winning percentage over .500 this season in spite of so many top additions during the summer. LeBron James has been impressive for them despite their woes. Russell Westbrook, the biggest signing of the summer, has failed to settle in with the Lakers this season and has been criticized for his poor form.

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Westbrook, popularly known as the ‘triple-double king’, has just 18.7 points per game this season. This is his poorest PPG since the 2009-10 season when he averaged 16.1. Westbrook has featured in all 42 games this season for the Lakers and has 9 triple-doubles. However, this is poor as compared to 38 triple-doubles, which he managed last season.

Dec 19, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) is fouled by Chicago Bulls forward Alfonzo McKinnie (28) during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

James has been single-handedly carrying the Lakers this season without much support from other starters such as Westbrook. While the Lakers might re-think about his signature now, Westbrook has no regrets over signing with the Lakers this summer.

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Russell Westbrook has no regret over signing with the Lakers to play alongside LeBron James

Westbrook recently had an interview with ‘The Athletic‘. During the interview, he was asked if he has any second thoughts on signing with the Lakers. Westbrook instantly disagreed and said that it’s bigger than the game for him.

“No,” Westbrook replied when asked if he has any regrets on signing with the Lakers.

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Jan 4, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) celebrates with guard Russell Westbrook (0) as Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) reacts in the second half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“Nah. I mean, not at all, because — like I told you — it’s bigger than basketball for me.”

Westbrook was born in Los Angeles, California. He did his high school in California. In fact, he attended UCLA in college in Los Angeles. However, he was drafted by Seattle Supersonics and was signed by Oklahoma City Thunder. He grew up watching and supporting the Lakers. But his dream of playing for the Lakers came true last summer.

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However, his performance for the Lakers hasn’t been something he expected. Westbrook’s arrival in LA was his third trade in four years. Everyone expected him to settle in well alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. But that hasn’t been the case so far.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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