“Keep That Same Energy”: Russell Westbrook Bashes Lakers Media as Poor Form Continues | NBA News

Published 10/11/2021, 11:15 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


The preseason is doing a phenomenal job keeping everyone waiting until the regular season begins. With teams giving a glimpse of what’s to come, fans are already combing through teams’ faults and calling them out for it. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Lakers are having the worst of it. After losing their fourth preseason game against the Golden State Warriors, fans were most cruel towards Russell Westbrook, who could not put up the performance expected of him. However, Westbrook is not one to keep quiet and had a response of his own.

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Russell Westbrook taunts fans and media

Injury woes are definitely one of the biggest reasons behind the Lakers losing games. Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Monk, and Trevor Ariza have been ruled out because of injuries. And LeBron James was kept out of the game to rest as well. This had its consequences as the Lakers lost to the Golden State Warriors 121-114.

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However, a lot of the blame fell on Westbrook, who missed the last two preseason games. He looked rusty, played only the first half, clocking in only 17 points. In that, he scored 2 points on a 1-7 shooting. This obviously reflected badly on him but this is just the preseason.

And the way he was bashed, Westbrook explained that he expects to be applauded just as much as he was humiliated when he performs well. As per Jovan Buha, “Russell Westbrook just told the Lakers media to “keep that same energy” post-game once he has 20 assists in a game.”

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Can the Lakers pick up the slack?

The Los Angeles Lakers first have to address health issues within the team. And if they aren’t able to get them back, they might have to consider signing some free agents soon as well.

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Oct 10, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) hangs in the air as he passes the ball to Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (left) over the Phoenix Suns guard Mikal Bridges (25) and center JaVale McGee (00) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Other than that, it only seems like a chemistry issue. The Lakers roster has gone through a major upgrade and for teammates to adjust to each other will take a little time. So, fans should not be panicking as of yet. There is plenty of time before it reaches that stage and the regular season is yet to commence. Until then, ‘patience is a virtue’ will be a good motto to abide by.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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