Lakers Reporter Frustrated By Russell Westbrook As He “Looks at Phone” During Press Conference

Published 11/13/2021, 12:30 PM 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


The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most distinguished NBA franchises. NBA-crazed fans all over the globe have thronged to support the franchise. The Los Angeles-based franchise has boasted of a world-class roster over the years. The Lakers roster currently features stars like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, and others.

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A star-powered Lakers roster has, however, not ruled out the franchise from starting the season on a poor note. An opening night loss to the Golden State Warriors also raised questions about the Lakers’ mediocre form.

Nov 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) controls the ball against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The franchise brought in Russell Westbrook as an offseason signing to complement the superstar duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. However, Westbrook involved himself in a controversy in the post-game conference following their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Reporter Ryan Ward, a reporter for the ‘Lakers Nation’, tweeted that a player had disrespected reporters at the post-game conference. Sideline Sources revealed Westbrook as the player on an Instagram post. The Instagram video shows Westbrook engrossed in his phone while answering reporters’ questions.

The Lakers have won 17 NBA championship titles, winning their latest title in 2020. Jerry Buss acquired the franchise in 1979 and also drafted Magic Johnson in the 1979 NBA draft. These two 1979 events heralded a new era of success for the franchise. The organization is currently owned by Jerry’s daughter, Jeanie Buss, who has overseen the acquiring of stars like LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

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The Los Angeles Lakers taste defeat against the Minnesota Timberwolves

The Los Angeles Lakers suffered an embarrassing loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a home game. The Timberwolves led the Lakers by 40-12 in the third quarter. LeBron James‘ continues his absence with injury as an abdominal strain sidelined him.

Nov 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) moves to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis led the Lakers scoring 22 points while Russell Westbrook tallied 20 points. Karl-Anthony Towns was in phenomenal form for the Timberwolves scoring 29 points. The Lakers succumbed to a final score of 83-10 to the Timberwolves at Staples Center. The Lakers will host the San Antonio Spurs next at the Staples Center.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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