Russell Westbrook Takes Down Sacramento and Its Fans After Being Trolled for Poor Performance: “I Hope They Played That the Last 14 Years”

Published 01/13/2022, 9:41 AM EST
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


As we near the halfway stage of the 2021-22 NBA season soon, it is interesting to think how content each franchise is. In particular, how will Lakers owner Jeanie Buss be feeling at the outputs that Russell Westbrook is giving her side? So far, the 33-year-old has had a roller-coaster season. Having started slowly, he began to find his feet but has been shockingly poor again. Can he regain his lost touch?

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Former OKC star Russell Westbrook has made a lot of headlines off late. Whether or not for the right reasons, is another argument. Over the past few games, the experienced guard has been a shadow of himself. Although his turnovers have reduced, he has shot 15 out of 59 from the field over the past 4 games. In the most recent trolling incident, the Sacramento Kings picked apart the 2017 MVP. Now, the Lakers veteran has hit back at the franchise.

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Russell Westbrook delivers thunderous response to Kings

Having featured in the NBA for 14 years now, Westbrook is yet to win a title. One of the most talented superstars in his prime, he is having a challenging time with the current aging LA roster. Nonetheless, the star has been self-critical many a time. Post the Lakers’ latest loss to the Kings, Russ admitted that he has to do better with his shooting. This seemed to be quite the popular opinion, as Sacramento took a cheap shot at the 9-time All-star on their own turf.

Nov 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts with guard Russell Westbrook (0) after his basket scored against the Houston Rockets during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

As Westbrook struggled to a miserly 8 points on the night, the Kings’ game ops trolled him. In a sarcastic dig, they displayed him as the ‘Ice Cold Player of the Game’ on the big screen. Every time he missed a shot, there was ‘You’re as cold as ice’ being played. Not holding back whatsoever, Russ decided to destroy Sacramento. Referring to his longevity in the league, he said in an interview, “That’s funny. I hope they played that the last 14 years too. That’s cute.”

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Westbrook’s form will definitely determine how Los Angeles’ season pans out. After all, their experienced stars are the keys to solving their woes. Can they reform themselves and create something magical?

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, soccer and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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