DJ Diesel Shaquille O’Neal Has LeBron James and Russell Westbrook Grooving

Published 01/17/2023, 9:10 AM EST
Nov 26, 2022; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) holds a towel the the head of guard Russell Westbrook (0) after Westbrook was fouled by San Antonio Spurs forward Zach Collins (23) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers emerged victorious at their home fort in a game against the Houston Rockets. Their efforts to bag a much-needed win were led by LeBron James, who registered 48 points, and Russell Westbrook who bagged 24 points. For the Houston Rockets, Alperen Sengun’s 33 points and Jalen Green’s 23 points left a minimal impact on the team’s performance. Both teams are currently struggling at the bottom half of the Western Conference Table. So for both teams, each game is important considering the uncertain nature of the table and the league. Amidst all this, during the pregame routine, Shaquille O’Neal left James and Westbrook grooving on the court.

 

As the Lakers lineup ran through the tunnel, the pressure was on. They had lost three games in a row and to keep their playoff hopes alive, they had to bag a win. With all the pressure in the world to perform, LeBron and Westbrook decided to release the stress a little bit with assistance from Shaq, a Lakers Legend. 

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LeBron James and Russel Westbrook dance to Shaquille O’Neal’s tunes 

During the pregame warmup, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook, along with the rest of the lineup wore grey shirts in honor of the Martin Luther King day. As they dribbled and practiced some plays, the arena vibrated with Shaquille O’Neal and DJ4B’s track “s**t up”. 

The four-time finals MVP and Westbrook immediately reacted and broke into a dance routine. LeBron shot the ball, spun around, and danced, while Westbrook who stood close to the bench tapped his legs and raised his hand. Following this, Westbrook passed the ball to James, who then rushed to the paint and hurled the ball to the board. Westbrook collected the rebound and dunked the ball in, leaving the spectators excited. 

As the video of this grooving routine went viral, Shaq posted it on his Instagram story. He also commented on the post. The Big Diesel tagged his DJ Diesel account and wrote, “That @djdiesel X @dj4b track goes off.” 

LeBron James was tired 

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Following this dance performance, LeBron spent 36 minutes on the court. He put up a scintillating play of 48 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists. This performance was his second 30+ point game in a row. 

Jan 16, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) wears a shirt honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the game against the Houston Rockets at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday night, LeBron bagged 35 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds against the Philadelphia 76ers. After this back-to-back dominating show, during the post-game interview, the Lakers superstar claimed to be exhausted and tired. But on the court, he showed no signs of being sore or tired. He said, “I guess once I stepped on the floor for warmups and the crowd fills in, it’s my job to go out and play the best way I can.” 

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With that said, what do you think about LeBron and Westbrook’s dance performance? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Shriya Rajachandra

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Shriya Rajachandra is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. She earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Communicative English. Shriya previously interned at The New Indian Express, but her favorite journalist, Marcus Thompson motivated her to start writing about basketball.

Edited By: Satagni Sikder

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