Russell Westbrook gets just a tad defensive at reporter’s question
The Lakers are third worst in the West and may even take Westbrook off the starting lineup, but don’t make the mistake of assuming he had higher hopes.
The Lakers’ losing streak continued Thursday with a blowout loss to the LA Clippers, 132-111. Just 27 wins is all the Lakers have to their name this season. Russell Westbrook passive aggressively pointed out to an inquiring reporter that the season is not over yet, and of course, he is very much correct. They do still have a chance to hold onto the 9th seed for the play-in tournament and make it just barely into the post season. Maybe if Anthony Davis returns, Westbrook will magically figure out where he belongs on the Lakers roster and they could shock us all with a miraculous comeback story in the playoffs. I mean, I doubt it, but it is technically possible.
Lakers having one of their worst seasons in franchise history
The Lakers team this year, though, does not look hopeful. LeBron’s influence has brought them success in the past, but this year it’s left them with a team of older players, an injury-prone Davis, and a struggling to fit into the team Westbrook, while the talent the Lakers developed in the past are thriving on other teams.
Over the last two games, Westbrook is just 10-for-32 from the field with a combined 28 points. Lakers coach Frank Vogel did not immediately reject the idea that Westbrook could be removed from the starting lineup, and it’s not hard to see why. He hasn’t contributed on defense at all, and his offense hasn’t exactly compensated for that.
I would say it’s safe to assume that Westbrook had higher hopes or different expectations for the season when he joined the Lakers team, but it’s apparently never safe to assume anything (you know what they say). Following the Lakers’ loss to the Clippers, this poor reporter just asked a valid question to Russell Westbrook , but got a defensive, snippy response from the player. Maybe he should have been paying more attention to Westbrook’s comments about not caring about a title, though…in Westbrook’s defense.
“When you got together with LeBron, AD, you had a vision of what that would look like basketball-wise,” the reporter presumptuously said to Westbrook.
“There have been blowouts, there have been boos, there’s been everything that, probably, everything is the opposite of what you’ve envisioned,” he continued, adding fuel to the fire.
“Has that been hard for you, especially considering your stature, your credentials, to absorb?” he asked, throwing in some last-minute compliments in vain.
Westbrook responded with a question: “What did I envision?”
The reporter responded with, “I would imagine some wins.”
He’s not doing a great job at putting this fire out.
After Westbrook pointed out that the season is not yet over, and after the reporter pointed out that, yeah, it may as well be…for you guys…Westbrook said he had no expectations at all.
“I come in every situation, start from ground zero and try to figure it out along the way. I have no expectations of how things will work, how many times I have the ball, or what position I’m going to play. I just try to find ways to best help my teammates, and that’s about it.”
Moral of the story: It's never safe to assume. We can, however, make an educated guess/prediction that it's probably, likely, maybe, going to be a disappointing season for the Lakers in general...perhaps.