‘Kick These Young Motherfu**king A**es’: Russell Westbrook Not Worried About Lakers’ Old Team

Published 08/18/2021, 11:14 PM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) reacts after a three point basket against the Indiana Pacers during the fourth quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA off-season witnessed some wild signings this year. Many big names have now become part of new organizations. However, one team that stood out this time was the Los Angeles Lakers. Notably, because of the blockbuster trade to bring in Russell Westbrook. Now, we all know that Westbrook is not afraid to put out his opinion.

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Hence, in a recent interview, when the Lakers’ old roster was brought up, Westbrook stood with his new team. However, he answered the question in a way only Westbrook could pull off.

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Russell Westbrook says Lakers will beat young teams

While on SiriusXM, the host hilariously said that Westbrook is one of the youngest players on the Lakers. The 32 YO gave the perfect response to it, showing absolutely no concerns over their age.

Russell Westbrook said: “We got a team full of nice experienced vets that’s going to kick these young motherfu*king a**es.”

The Lakers only have 6 players who are under the age of 30 on their current roster. Even though Westbrook is 32, he is the 7th youngest player on the roster. This goes to show how old this Lakers team really is.

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 13:
Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) reacts after hitting a three pointer during the first quarter of the game between the Washington Wizards and the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, March 13, 2021. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

They have 4 players who are 36 years or more on their roster. Hence, the concerns are apt at the moment. However, what people have failed to focus on is the caliber of players that they have signed.

Can the Lakers win with this roster?

Going just by age, many people have lost hopes in the Lakers becoming NBA champions. However, that really isn’t the case.

Through their new signings, they have managed to create a great balance in their roster. Moreover, they have also solved few problems from last year. For example, they improved their perimeter shooter by signing sharpshooter Wayne Ellington, who shot 42% from beyond the arc last season.

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May 25, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with teammates against the Phoenix Suns during the first half in game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

They improved their playmaking by adding Russell Westbrook, who has averaged a triple-double 4 times in the last 5 seasons. Similarly, they have added efficient pieces in all areas.

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Another thing to look at is they have great youth players as well. The Lakers have one of the best big men in Anthony Davis. Horton Tucker showed out offensively last season. They also signed Malik Monk to boost their young side. Hence, the Lakers do have a real shot at winning the title this season.

Do you think the Lakers can win this season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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