“When will Russ take responsibility and say ‘I’ve played badly this year’?”


No LA Lakers player has played in more games this NBA season than point guard Russell Westbrook. The guard has played and started in 64 of the Lakers’ 65 games, averaging 34.4 minutes per game. Westbrook’s closest player, Malik Monk, has played five fewer games and made just 24 starts.

His time on the pitch is a testament to how much time Frank Vogel gave him to change his game. It also shows the massive faith Vogel has in him, but he has yet to reciprocate. There has been recent pressure on Vogel to get Westbrook off the bench, hinting that something different needs to be done.

Curry says Westbrook “has my backing” “Steph, since you’re so supportive of Russ, how about we trade Kuminga and Poole to us and we’ll give you Russ? If you’re backing him, do it!” — @ShannonSharpe https://t.co/xCoQ7bIzRw

In “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed,” Shannon Sharpe had nothing but hot steam for the 33-year-old guard. He called him out for not taking responsibility for his terrible game instead of seeking sympathy. Although Sharpe agreed that no one should go out of their way to insult his family, he strongly believes that Westbrook has the answer to everything. He said all Westbrook had to do was “play better”.

“All Russ has to do is play better,” Sharpe said. “Where is Russ’ guilt in this? When is Russ going to take responsibility and say, ‘I’ve played badly this year? My game hasn’t been up to par.’ instead of trying to talk about ‘They’re shaming my name and trying to get the kids into it.’

“No one talks about Russ’ kids. I don’t talk about his mother. I don’t talk about his brother. I don’t talk about his family. I talk about his horrible game which has been on constant display this season. “


Russell Westbrook continues to face criticism for his inconsistencies

Russell Westbrook of the LA Lakers at Crypto.com Arena on March 1 in Los Angeles, California.
Russell Westbrook of the LA Lakers at Crypto.com Arena on March 1 in Los Angeles, California.

After the LA Lakers’ loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, Russell Westbrook opened up about the shame and disrespect his family faced. He spoke of no longer allowing acts of shame by names like “Westbrick” to go unanswered. Although he ignored it in the past and didn’t let it affect him, his legacy for his children is now in jeopardy.

"When will Russ take responsibility and say 'I've played badly this year'?"

Westbrook leads the Lakers (28-37 at the start of Friday’s game with the Washington Wizards) in assists per game (7.2), but his shot struggled. He has a 28.2 3-point shooting percentage, averaging 1.0 3-pointers per game and 43.5 percent from the field.

The two-time scoring champion ranks 36th in points per game in the league with 18.3 points per game. This is his weakest season since his second year in 2010. The sooner he gets back on track, the better for his career.


Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein




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