Russell Westbrook has experienced something of a resurgence ever since the Los Angeles Lakers forced him to come off the bench.
While L.A. has been up and down as a team, Westbrook has been thriving. Case in point: his neat 10 points (on 4-of-9 shooting) and 10 assists in 22 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week.
Not only did the Lakers win the game handily, but Westbrook had a +/- of +14 in the outing.
One funny sequence from the game that caught everyone’s attention occurred between Westbrook and Spurs rookie Jeremy Sochan.
You will recall, in the offseason Sochan openly mocked Westbrook for his bad shooting.
Westbrook didn’t forget, as made abundantly clear by this video:
LMAO Russell Westbrook remembers, he launched that ball at Sochan 😭pic.twitter.com/0c3X7zzMs3
— Russ’ TD ⚡ (@RussFcb) November 21, 2022
Fans loved it.
NBA Twitter was abuzz from the second they realized what occurred and began posting responses immediately:
Goat Russ https://t.co/NH3l7xnooO
— Ry Vaughn (@ryryvaughn) November 22, 2022
i won’t lie this was hilarious https://t.co/bP7wGKACOo
— #1 chet holmgren fan (@onlyhoons) November 22, 2022
— JP (@JuantheGreat25) November 22, 2022
I’m weak. https://t.co/5XdQt8ds4q
— Vαℓαrie ♛ (@LeeenaBellle87) November 21, 2022
Another reason why he’s my favorite player lmao!!! https://t.co/cO0uHERQ1A
— Bolt (@xDJBolt) November 21, 2022
The hilarity of that sequence aside, Westbrook has been on a crazy run as of late. He has now had four consecutive games where he has dished out at least 10 assists.
Not only is he elevating the play of everyone coming off the bench, but he seems to be doing so with a great attitude.
The Lakers are currently being linked to one potential trade, but it would require dealing Westbrook. Given how great he has been playing as of late, it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see them not want to trade him now.
Bronny is already playing at an MVP level on and off the court. https://t.co/zaA6Y7TDGT
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 22, 2022
They may instead opt to turn around and sign one of the three sharpshooter free agents they have been eyeing.
Time will tell what ultimately happens to Westbrook. But whether he remains with the Lakers or not, it is great to see him thriving in this particular fashion.
The man is a former league MVP, and now he is finally playing and acting like one.