“Russell Westbrook, I’m Sorry You Gotta Go Through That Bro”: Patrick Beverley Didn’t Feel Lakers Teammate’s Absence in His Huddle, Blames Media for the Hype

Akash Murty
|Published 18/10/2022

Lakers’ 9x All-Star point guard, Russell Westbrook, just had the longest off-season of his decently long NBA career

Russell Westbrook is in one of the toughest situations of his career since making it to the NBA.

The 14-year point guard, in his probable second term with the Lakers, has been swarmed by the media in everything he does as his future hangs on a thin string before the start of the 2022-23 season.

Last week he blew up the internet for something he has been doing as a ritual since making his debut in 2008 – not being in the team huddle.

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That practice game ran the rounds of the internet for multiple days as Patrick Beverley was the one calling for that huddle, and the duo’s rivalry before teaming up in LA this year has been quite famous.

Patrick Beverley feels sorry for what Russell Westbrook has to go through

As the 2022-23 season is upon us and the opening day game brings us a game between the LA Lakers and the defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, the Laker Nation would be hoping for a miracle to not play as they did in the pre-season or in 2021-22 season.

For that, they need their players to gel well with each other. And Pat Bev’s recent podcast appearance suggests that do not need to worry as much because all of this tension is just created by the media.

Now whether this feeling is mutual all throughout the LA camp, and it is all just a media-created show, we will know when we see the Lakers take the floor on Tuesday. Until then, let’s hope we don’t get to see another flop season by two of the best players in the league – LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Russ playing for the team keeping aside his ego could still make Lakers a contender

With the supporting cast they have, even without their $47 million teammate, James and Davis could still do a lot if they can stay fit throughout the season.

But seeing AD’s carrer and LBJ’s last two season, that is a big ‘if’. And if Brodie is to stay in LA this year he must accept and excel at whatever is expected from him by the Head Coach, Darvin Ham.

As per the new plans, it looks he will be coming off the bench and lead the team whenever their go-to duo is not on the floor.

The 2017 MVP might take offense in it, and not play the games with as much vigor as he generally brings to the table when he is given a free hand. Had they done that last season, it wouldn’t have ended that bad for the Purple and Gold as it did.

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The 33-year-old would definitely not want this to be his last season in the league, accepting this new role will not only help the team in best possible way, it might also make him a more desirable player around the league much like Melo for the next few seasons.

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Akash Murty

Akash Murty

An Electrical and Electronics Engineer by degree, Akash Murty is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. Previously a Software Engineer, Murty couldn’t keep himself away from sports, and his knack for writing and putting his opinion forward brought him to the TSR. A big Soccer enthusiast, his interest in basketball developed late, as he got access to a hoop for the first time at 17. Following this, he started watching basketball at the 2012 Olympics, which transitioned to NBA, and he became a fan of the game as he watched LeBron James dominate the league. Him being an avid learner of the game and ritually following the league for around a decade, he now writes articles ranging from throwbacks, and live game reports, to gossip. LA Lakers are his favourite basketball team, while Chelsea has his heart in football. He also likes travelling, reading fiction, and sometimes cooking.

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