Russell Westbrook Drops Heartfelt Message for His Haters Amidst Lakers Slump: ”I Get To See My Kids Every Day and Them to School Every Morning. To Me, That Brings Joy”

Published 01/14/2022, 10:53 AM EST
Sep 28, 2021; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) answers questions during media day at the UCLA Health and Training Center in El Segundo, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


When someone talks about the disappointing season of the Los Angeles Lakers, one name remains constant. Russell Westbrook of the Lakers has been disappointing this season and many have also accused him of being the problem at the Lakers.

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Westbrook’s last quarter decision-making has cost some precious points for the team struggling for a playoff spot. Despite all the criticisms he faces, Russell Westbrook doesn’t let it affect him.

In a recent interview with The Athletic, he talks about how he deals with haters and criticism. According to Westbrook, his family is above everything.

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Nov 21, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) and forward Anthony Davis (3) react after a play during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook on dealing with criticisms

The 33-year-old future Hall of Famer has had a dismal start with his hometown team. After the acquisition of Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards, the Lakers were dubbed as being one of the championship contenders. 

The Lakers have been performing way below expectations and Russell Westbrook has received nothing other than criticisms. Responding to his haters, he mentions, “I get to see my kids, my family, my mom, my dad,” he tells The Athletic.

Nov 24, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) argues a call in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Westbrook adds, “To me, that’s more important than anything else. I’m able to be home and be able to embrace them. They get to see me, and as they get older I get to see my kids every day and take them to school every morning. To me, that brings joy.”

Russell Westbrook has an interesting history with criticisms. His bold fashion sense is often talked about and criticized. Despite all the hate, Westbrook continues to wear his outfits proudly.

Is Westbrook the problem at Los Angeles Lakers?

Although he may have been disappointing this season, Russell Westbrook isn’t the only problem at the Los Angeles Lakers. The team still relies on a 37-year-old LeBron James and his brilliance.

Despite LeBron playing phenomenally this season, he receives little or no help from his teammates. Anthony Davis averages 23.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game and has been injured since late last year. His shooting has let him down and he has one of the worst jump shot efficiency.

Russell Westbrook this season

Westbrook averages 18.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 8.1 assists per game this season. He had his third straight game with single figures when the Lakers lost to the Sacramento Kings.

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His game against the Kings has summed up his time in LA. His decision-making and the inability to score have led him to a situation where his team is struggling for a playoff spot.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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