The Los Angeles Lakers and Russell Westbrook have a rocky relationship at present, most notably because of the team’s insistence on trying to trade the superstar guard throughout the summer.
Of course, the writing was already on the wall for Westbrook, as he saw his relationship with the fan base nosedive toward the end of the regular season – and that’s usually a sign it’s time for a change.
Now, after months of rhetoric from both the Lakers and the national media, that relationship has taken another blow, as Nina Westbrook (Russell’s wife) took to Instagram to share a cryptic post to her stories.
Russell Westbrook’s wife, Nina, posted this on Instagram hours after the Lakers cancelled a press conference 🤔 pic.twitter.com/7lLQaw7Vt5
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 21, 2022
“Bottle of water can be a dollar at a supermarket, $3 at the gym, $5 at the movies, $6 on a plane, and $10 on vacation. Same water. The only thing that changed its value was the place. So the next time you feel your worth is nothing, maybe you’re at the wrong place,” Nina Westbrook posted.
Given the number of discussions surrounding Westbrook’s current value, his ability to impact winning at the highest level, and his shortcomings as a player, it’s no surprise that his wife is coming to his defense, but it will be interesting to see what unfolds from here.
Westbrook Expected to Start Next Season
Beyond discussions surrounding Westbrook’s limited skillset, there has also been a significant amount of media coverage regarding what his role will be next season, and whether the Lakers are better off with the guard accepting a bench role.
However, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne on a September 19 episode of NBA Today, it would appear the Lakers still see their superstar guard as a starter and will move forward with him lining up alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
“From what I understand now, they still see Russell Westbrook as a starter. He’s a former MVP. He’s given that respect. Everyone’s gonna compete for jobs. … Russell Westbrook is the starter there,” Shelburne explained.
As such, one would hope the Lakers are looking to plug a shooter into the second guard position, and another at the small forward spot – otherwise the team’s spacing is going to be non-existent, and that won’t bode …read more