Russell Westbrook’s Lowkey Jab At Lakers During Clippers Practice

Russell Westbrook’s Lowkey Jab At Lakers During Clippers Practice

Russell Westbrook was signed by the Los Angeles Clippers this week after the Utah Jazz waived him.

One week earlier, the Los Angeles Lakers mercifully dealt him away ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline following a turbulent one-and-a-half year run together.

Westbrook was all smiles at his new team’s practice on Wednesday.

During a quick session with the media, he also took what many view as a lowkey jab at the Lakers.

“That’s a huge part, man, for anybody, for any normal human being in any situation in the workplace,” Westbrook said on being with the Clippers now.

“A lot of teammates and people who want you here, that’s very important to me. I value that a lot. I have been in this league a long time and being somewhere where people want you in there, appreciate you, that means a lot to me.”

It’s hard not to read between the lines there. Given what Lakers team president Rob Pelinka said about Westbrook after the trade, and taking into account both Anthony Davis’ reaction to the move and LeBron James’ reaction to the move, the states of those relationships are pretty clear.

Moreover, Westbrook also had more than a few tiffs with Lakers fans. He fought them inside the arena, on the streets and everywhere in-between.

It will be interesting to see how Westbrook ultimately fares with the Clippers.

If he thrives with his new organization and they win a championship or come close to it, then it will be clear that the Lakers were the problem all along.

Should Westbrook falter with the Clippers and exhibit some of the problematic behavior he became known for as a Laker, then obviously he will be viewed as the issue.

One way or another, the second half of the NBA season will answer a lot of questions about Westbrook, the Lakers and the Clippers.

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Anthony Amador

A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.
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