The Los Angeles Lakers brought over Russell Westbrook and three future second-rounders in a trade for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma and the draft rights to Isaiah Jackson.
Now that the dust is settled, it’d be fair to characterize the move as polarizing.
There is one segment of the population that firmly believes the trade was a good one for LA. That said – a vocal group with a dissenting opinion has also grown increasingly louder in recent weeks.
That latter group has seemingly captured Westbrook’s attention as of late.
So much so, in fact, that he has opted to issue a 16-word message to these haters.
“We got a team full of nice experienced vets that’s gonna kick these young motherf**king a**es,” he said during a recent interview.
“We got a team full of nice experienced vets that’s going to kick these young motherf***ing asses.”
– Russell Westbrook on people calling the Lakers an old team 👀 pic.twitter.com/AJi2K1DGzG
— Hoopsview (@hoopsview) August 19, 2021
It’s easy to see why the Lakers’ age has become a hot topic. Westbrook is 32 years old. He is joining 36-year-old LeBron James as two-thirds of the team’s Big Three. In addition, the role players are comprised of: Carmelo Anthony, 37, Trevor Ariza, 36, Dwight Howard, 35, Wayne Ellington, 33, and Kent Bazemore, 32.
The only other big name the Lakers are still in the running for is 32.
LaMelo Ball emerges as an early frontrunner for the 2021-22 NBA MVP Award. https://t.co/sSeA2JNkAf
— Game 7 (@game7__) August 18, 2021
Not exactly a spry group.
That being said, you have to appreciate Westbrook’s confidence. He isn’t one to bite his tongue and say things just to say them. He was recently asked how long he planned to be a Laker, and he was fairly blunt in answering the question. He’s not here to win friends or offer empty platitudes, so he genuinely believes LA will dominate in 2021-22.
Will Westbrook and the Lakers ultimately be able to prove the doubters wrong next year? Time will tell.
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