“You’re Making Russell Westbrook the Butt of Your Jokes!”: Kevin Durant Defended Former OKC Teammate Against Lakers Fans

Raahib Singh
|Published 19/03/2023

The NBA is not just a sporting league. For many of us, it’s a part of our life, with us getting closely attached to our teams. Their failure or success often determines how our day goes. While most of us accept the results and hope for better the next game, others can’t quite accept that. Russell Westbrook was one of the stars who had to face many rowdy fans.

The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards in 2021. The team traded away a few important pieces to get him. However, things did not work out between Brodie and the Lakers. His style of play wasn’t really compatible with LeBron James, and as expected, Westbrook was the one who had to take the back seat.

Due to his diminished role, his productivity was affected, but the fans did not care. They started pinning the blame on him. Things got so bad that Kevin Durant also addressed the same on his podcast.

Kevin Durant defended Russell Westbrook from the trolls

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were teammates on the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2008 to 2016. During that time, the two achieved a lot together and were known as one of the best duos in the NBA. After Durant’s exit from OKC, things got a little heated between them, but I’m guessing time has healed the wounds.

Earlier in October, KD spoke up for Russ. He talked about how playing in Los Angeles isn’t easy, especially when you have LeBron James as a teammate.

It was great to see Durant stand up for his former running mate, and why wouldn’t he? According to many NBA players, Russ is one of the best teammates. To see his name get slandered like this, it was imperative that people stand up and speak for him.

How is Russ doing with the Clippers?

Even after all the criticism, the Lakers couldn’t trade Russ over the offseason. They played him off the bench this season till they found a trade for him at the deadline. Russ averaged 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and a steal during that time. He made a strong case for himself as 6th man of the Year.

However, after getting traded to the Jazz, Russ and the team agreed on a buy-out, and now he’s with the Clippers. Getting a starting role back, Westbrook has averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 7.6 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. While his stats may not display what is happening, he’s boosted the Clippers a lot by becoming the primary ball-handler that they were lacking. Currently, they’re the 5th seed in the West, and with Russ there, they’re hoping to go the distance this year.

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Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. A Computer Science Engineer by qualification, Raahib's passion for sports drew him toward TSR. He started playing basketball when he was 14, and fell in love with the sport ever since. His interest in the NBA developed at the same time as when Stephen Curry put the entire league on notice. Raahib was spellbound by Steph and the Warriors and has been a fan since. From starting off as a Warriors fan, Raahib has evolved into someone who can never miss a good game of basketball. He converts his love for the game and the knowledge he has gained into the articles he writes. In his spare time, he enjoys cricket, going for walks, and murder mysteries.

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