‘TOOOO SMALLL!!!’: Lakers Duo Russell Westbrook and Malik Monk Engage in Funny Banter

Published 10/01/2021, 2:33 PM EDT
Apr 28, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) jokes with Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) after their game at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


17-time NBA champions Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the NBA. They last won the title in 2020. The Lakers went through a massive roster overhaul during the offseason. They have added 14 players to their roster so far, including the likes of Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, DeAndre Jordan, Malik Monk, among others.

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The Lakers are now one of the favorites to win the title this season. However, they will need their players to gel up both on and off the court fast. They already have one of the league’s best in every position and it can be hard to manage a dressing room full of superstars.

Sep 28, 2021; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) answers questions during media day at the UCLA Health and Training Center in El Segundo, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Many were looking forward to seeing how the relationship between Westbrook and Rajon Rondo would unfold. But, it appears that the duo has settled their feud and are looking forward to playing together. Westbrook recently engaged in hilarious friendly banter with teammate Malik Monk.

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Russell Westbrook and Malik Monk engage in funny banter

Los Angeles Lakers superstars Russell Westbrook and Malik Monk are getting along quite well. The duo is very active on social media and is constantly reacting to each other’s posts. Recently, Malik Monk shared a Lakers post on his Instagram. The post showed a picture of Malik defending Westbrook during the training camp. Malik captioned the story: “Definitely got a stop huh???” and tagged Russell Westbrook in it.

Westbrook then shared Malik’s story and wrote: “TOOOO SMALLL!!!👶”. The two are having fun already as teammates in Los Angeles. However, it didn’t stop and Malik shared Westbrook’s story and reacted to it with four sleeping emojis.

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It’s great to see new teammates having fun with each other on social media. The Lakers would now expect them to reflect the same partnership on the court as they mount a serious title challenge. The Lakers are chasing their 18th NBA title, which would make them the most successful NBA team in history.

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Russell Westbrook and Malik Monk haven’t won a single NBA title in their career. This season, they can win their first championship with the Lakers. With the likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davis at their disposal, they still went into the market and added 14 quality players to increase their depth. It’ll be interesting to see how they perform this season.

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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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