WATCH: LeBron James Yells at Russell Westbrook for Not Playing Defense During Lakers vs Magic Game

Published 12/12/2021, 11:25 PM EST
Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (left) with guard Russell Westbrook prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers have had their share of worries this season. From injuries to bad form, everything has hit them. However, one of their biggest issues is most certainly their defense. The Lake show has lost several games due to their lifeless defense. However, one person who doesn’t stand for any mistake is LeBron James.

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Hence, when Russell Westbrook didn’t play defense, the ‘King’ let him know.

The Lakers are coming off after a convincing win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, the way this season has gone, the Lakers struggle to feed off the momentum. So in their current matchup against the Magic, the Lakers saw themselves down at the half. They allowed the Magic to pour points due to their poor defense.

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One such instance came with Westbrook leaving Cole Anthony open.

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

Likewise, Anthony knocked down the triple. Westbrook’s lack of effort left James fuming and the former received some stern words.

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LeBron James angry on Russell Westbrook for playing no defense

The Lake show was down in the second quarter by three points. This is when Cole Anthony bought the ball up. After getting a good screen, he got his open space for the shot. However, Westbrook was right in front but did not put in the effort to contest the shot. This lazy display angered the ‘King’.

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As the Lakers took a time out, James was seen yelling at Westbrook for not putting in the effort. Taking on the leadership role, James needs to make sure everyone on the team gives it their all. After such a shaky start, the Lakers need to realize that they are in major trouble if they can’t figure out a winning formula. One of their main weakness has been their defense.

Hence, James was absolutely livid with Russ for not trying to solve the existing issue. James is a player who always puts in his full effort. Even at 36, James is on top of his game, scoring 30 in five of his last seven games. Hence, he needs everyone to step up if the Lakers want to win.

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Likewise, LeBron James is being the leader on this team and trying to mend them into a winning squad. Do you think Westbrook needed that firing?

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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