Russell Westbrook’s Resurgence Gets the Respect of Lakers Legend Before Deleting the Bizarre Post

Published 02/09/2024, 3:18 PM EST

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While Russell Westbrook‘s time with the Lakers didn’t live up to the expectations, Brodie found a home in LA. Now with the Clippers, the 35-year-old is finally getting the plaudits for his efforts, and that too from former Lakers stars. However, the expression of respect came with a twist that has left many confused.

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Metta World Peace took to social media to praise Westbrook’s form. Instead of using words, he used a rather unusual image: a hamburger with extraordinary toppings that were placed to resemble the Lakers star. The caption read, “Respect Russ.” While the expression seemed clear, the hamburger illustration left many amused. Some thought it was a playful and creative way to show appreciation, while others looked at it as strange and even disrespectful. The tweet was later deleted which led to another layer of mystery to the whole affair.

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World Peace’s new style of praise, while being attention-grabbing is sparking mixed reactions. Some fans appreciated the approach, while others said it was unbecoming of a former champion. Regardless of the views, the incident highlights the ongoing conversation surrounding Westbrook’s role with the Clippers and his fluctuating performance.

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Westbrook has been under his standards this season which is due to his inconsistent playing. This season, Westbrook has averaged 11.3 points, 5.5 reb, and 4.4 assists, all below his career average. However, his recent performances have been outstanding for the Clippers, who have been on a roll, winning 16 of their past 20 games. Russ also became only the 25th player in NBA history to cross the 25K points, threshold.

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Can Westbrook sustain this level of play, though? His history shows volatility. During his time with the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards, his performance often had a lesser impact on his team’s success, raising doubts about him. The same question is now facing the Clippers.

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While his recent performances are encouraging, questions remain about his ability to coexist with James Harden and Kawhi Leonard in the team’s offensive system. Whether Westbrook can sustain his current form and help the Clippers turn their season around remains to be seen. But one thing is clear: his recent performances have generated an interesting conversation, even though it was with a side of confusion thanks to a hamburger in a social media post.

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Daksh Saini is an NBA writer at Essentially Sports, where his passion for basketball converges with insightful analysis. Daksh specializes in crafting compelling articles that delve into the legacies of NBA legends. His unique perspective, coupled with a deep understanding of the game, allows him to offer readers nuanced commentary and engaging narratives focused on the iconic figures who have shaped the history of professional basketball.
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