The Los Angeles Lakers suffered another brutal loss Friday night. They fell 114-111 to the New Orleans Pelicans in their first home game since March 23.
After the loss, a member of the media asked Russell Westbrook about the impact that Lakers fans have on games. The point guard basically said that there’s no difference whether fans are there or not.
HoopsHypea clip of Westbrook’s fan diss Saturday morning.
Russell Westbrook when asked about the impact of home fans in the game: “I don’t pay attention to this crowd, to be honest.”
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“What’s that like as a player to feel the crowd energy change as the game’s going on?”
“I don’t pay attention to this crowd, to be honest,” Westbrook replied nonchalantly.
This is an extremely bold comment coming from Westbrook. In the past month alone, the Lakers star has had multiple direct interactions with fans.
During warmups of the Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves game on March 16, he confronted a fan calling him “Russell Westbrick.” Then, a night later, he stuck up for himself and his family against a Toronto Raptors fan during a night out.
Admittedly, Westbrook hasn’t had his best season, but his Lakers teammate haven’t either. The seemingly star-studded team is 11th Western Conference with a deep losing record of 31-46.
Now, the Lakers are on a five-game losing streak and are struggling to keep their postseason hopes alive. Westbrook and the Lakers will attempt to snap their losing streak Sunday afternoon when Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets travel to Los Angeles.