The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 118-113 on Wednesday night.
Beyond just the game itself, though – fans couldn’t help but notice some obvious red flags surrounding Lakers guard Russell Westbrook.
Two sequences in particular stood out.
The first involved basically the entire team huddling together pregame, with Westbrook opting to randomly exclude himself for no real reason:
Russell Westbrook seems like he’s had enough of the Lakers 😅 pic.twitter.com/aVqIUpUOed
— Playmaker (@playmaker) October 13, 2022
The second featured Westbrook ignoring a defensive huddle organized by Patrick Beverley:
Lebron is one of the best players all time and is listening to pat bev yet Russell Westbrook won’tpic.twitter.com/eEqJG4dgjK
— Hoops (@HoopMixOnly) October 13, 2022
After the game, Westbrook took to social media and published this cryptic message:
What does that verse entail?
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour,” it reads.
There was hope that maybe he would buy in this summer in attempt to salvage his NBA career, but clearly that won’t happen.
He is still the same malcontent he was last year. This situation is unsalvageable.
L.A. would be wise to take advantage and dump Westbrook as soon as humanly possible. Addition by subtraction.
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 12, 2022
Westbrook will never buy in. He is incapable of it. And he lacks the skillset to justify his place on the roster.
Whatever it takes, the Lakers must get rid off Westbrook. He is eating them alive from the inside, and they will be far better off without him than they are with him.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.