After several videos surfaced online giving the impression that Russell Westbrook was purposefully isolating himself from his teammates during the preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.
The veteran guard provided some additional context to dispel any notions of discord that may have been present.
Westbrook Greets Teammates During Player Introductions
Westbrook is seen greeting teammates near the foul line during player introductions and then running to the bench alone while the Lakers huddle up in one video that was taken on a phone by Instagram user Michael Morales from a seat located behind the Lakers’ bench.
The video was shot by Michael Morales from a seat located behind the Lakers’ bench. Westbrook made these comments following Thursday’s practice. “Pregame, I’ve been doing it since I’ve been in the NBA for years, dude,” Westbrook said.
“I believe they simply chopped the video, and the internet is going to take it and run with whatever they need to go with,” the speaker said. However, I’ve been following the same routine ever since I was drafted into the league.
Nina Westbrook, Westbrook’s wife, reacted to a person on Twitter who displayed multiple photographs and videos showing Westbrook indeed performing the same solitary pregame routine on past teams he has played for by stating, “Smh and it starts.”
Nina Westbrook is a former professional basketball player. After Westbrook committed a foul early in the third quarter, Patrick Beverley gathered his teammates for an on-court huddle.
Posture For Grabbing Rebounds on The Sidelines
However, Westbrook lined up in a rebounding position outside the lane to wait for the Wolves’ free throw attempts rather than joining in. This video was clipped from the ESPN telecast and widely shared on Twitter.
However, a different camera viewpoint from the same scene, taken from the Spectrum SportsNet coverage of the game, provides a more comprehensive look at the series of occurrences that transpired before Beverley beckoned Westbrook to join in on the action.
After having a conversation with the official who made the decision, Westbrook then switched his focus to the Lakers’ bench to review the defensive possession with the coaches for the Los Angeles Lakers. Beverley was never the object of his interest.
Westbrook said, “As for the other video, I was talking to the coaches, and they trimmed that film in half as well,” about the previous statement. “I was discussing a missed coverage with the coaches,” said the player. So, I pay no regard to that, dude.
” To tell you the truth, all I’m trying to do is compete and perform my job. Everything, even the videos, is subjected to nitpicking. You can construct whatever you want out of any video by chopping it up.
Qualified To Make Decisions
That is not something on which I am qualified to provide judgment. I am certain that I am a valuable member of the team. Since I’ve never had any issues while I was hanging out with my teammates, I’ve decided to keep doing the same things I’ve been doing.
Beverley revealed to the media on Thursday that he was ignorant of the existence of the footage of the attempted huddle until he was questioned about it after the practice.
Beverley is quoted as saying, “If I don’t know anything occurred, then I can’t address something that I don’t know happened,” and she is correct.
Since the summer of 2021, when the Lakers acquired Westbrook from the Washington Wizards in a trade, frustrated Lakers fans have been directing their ire at the player.
This is because the team failed to make the playoffs the previous year, in large part due to Westbrook’s inconsistent play, which contributed to a whole host of team struggles that included widespread injuries and underwhelming role-player contributions.
Despite the challenging season, Russell Westbrook decided to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers for the last year of his contract. The Lakers’ new head coach, Darvin Ham, has promised to coax a better performance out of the former Most Valuable Player this year.
Even though Westbrook was upset about how fans made fun of his family name during the previous season, the 13-year veteran said on Thursday that the scrutiny he is under as a member of the Lakers isn’t any different from the spotlight he has been under at other spots since he entered the NBA.
Westbrook has been a member of the NBA since he entered the league. According to Westbrook, “that’s been the same for me, honestly, dude, throughout my whole career.” “It’s nothing new for me at all. In addition to that, I am used to it.
Because of this, I consider myself fortunate and glad that I can keep playing the game year after year, keep my head down, and continue to compete. What’s more, everything that comes with the additional goods is included.
To be able to create movies and other stuff for the internet is not dependent on me. I simply go about my business as usual.”