‘Turned That B**ch Over 15 Times’: Russell Westbrook Takes Blame for Disappointing Performance vs Suns

Published 10/11/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Oct 10, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) dribbles the ball past Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

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In the off-season, the Lakers made some major changes to their roster. One of them was getting a third superstar in Russell Westbrook alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis in a mega trade.

Given how the team struggled without a quality point guard last season, Westbrook looks like the ideal addition on paper. With Westbrook’s tendencies to bring the best out of big men like Davis and LeBron seemingly able to contribute in other areas, the Lakers look set to dominate the league.

With numerous changes in their team, everyone is eagerly waiting for the big three to make their debut. While the three haven’t made their debut as a trio till now, their individual debuts in the pre-season have been sub standard.

Russell Westbrook takes blame for terrible performance against Suns

The pre-season is in full swing right now. While Westbrook’s debut against the Warriors was one to forget, big things were expected of the guard in the second pre-season game against the Suns. Starting alongside Davis, ‘Brodie’ was expected to have a big game.

But Westbrook had yet another below-average game. Playing a total of 26 minutes, the former MVP had a total of 9 turnovers shooting 3-12 from the floor in a 123-94 loss. After his disappointing performance, Westbrook was asked whether he was struggling to adjust to Frank Vogel’s offensive system.

Westbrook said, “That’s fine. These turnovers are on me. But good thing they don’t count. I turned that b**ch over 15 times, I might do nothing about it. It’s all good, it’s on me though easy fix though. very easy. Just because timing, guys getting used to my speed, my pace, my timing.”

Westbrook added, “I better forget and make the game easy you know for everybody else around me. So they definitely don’t mean nothing with the offense. I still need to figure out, but those are all personal errors, timing.”

The Lakers have totally revamped their roster in the off-season and with time the team’s cohesion will probably increase. Westbrook, on the other hand, will have to be more effective if he wants to help this star-studded Lakers’ side to win the championship. Will the new Lakers’ big three succeed?



Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.