WATCH: Star Traded For Russell Westbrook Laughs Hysterically As Lakers Called a Failure

Published 11/21/2021, 9:57 AM EST
Nov 10, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots against the Miami Heat during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports


A team that struggled and barely made the playoffs last season is now near the top of the Eastern Conference. Yes, it’s the Washington Wizards who have completely turned their roster around from last season. They traded their star player Russell Westbrook to receive extremely crucial pieces to their roster.

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It relieved Washington Wizards players to come out with a victory after a close game against the Miami Heat. Kentavious Caldwell Pope (KCP), a Wizards’ guard, seemed to be a bit too relieved in the post-game press conference. In fact, he had a good laugh with the media when he was asked a blunt question. His answer was even more diplomatically brutal.

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In the post-game press conference after playing the Heat, they asked KCP if it satisfied him to see the Lakers fail and Wizards succeed. He smartly responded, “I’m happy where I’m at”. But he did not hesitate to have a good laugh about it. Clearly showing he is satisfied. But is the source of that satisfaction really the Lakers’ failure? Here’s why that might be the case.

Does KCP blame Russell Westbrook for his trade from the Lakers?

In a trade involving Russell Westbrook‘s move to the Lakers, the Lakers gave up a lot of their assets. Including league veterans like Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell Pope. However, the Lakers might regret that decision.

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Mr. Triple Double has not had a very strong start to the season. Whereas, Washington Wizards are looking like deep playoff contenders so far as they are currently 2nd seed in the East.

Nov 18, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson (55) protects the ball against Washington Wizards guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) during second quarter of the game at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

After getting drafted by the Detroit Pistons and spending four years with the Lakers, the Wizards are the third team he has played for. KCP stayed with the Lakers for four years after initially signing only a one-year deal.

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Subsequently, he became an integral member of the Lakers’ team, playing a major role in their championship run. This was thanks to his defense and three-point shooting.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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