Russell Westbrook received a lot of criticism during the 2021/22 NBA season for his performances on the Los Angeles Lakers. The former NBA MVP never lived up to the expectations, as he couldn’t display all his game and become the player that helped the Washington Wizards last campaign.
His fit with LeBron James wasn’t good and the team suffered from that whenever they played together. Now that the season is over, Westbrook had the chance to reflect on it, saying that he was never allowed to be himself, even though Anthony Davis and LeBron James repeatedly stated that during the season.
Westbrook’s final press conference of the season raised a lot of eyebrows around the league. He talked about his teammates, former head coach, and the way they tried to use him. While many people called him out for his words, Richard Jefferson came in Russ’ defense, claiming that he was asked to do something he hadn’t done before, only to get blasted when things didn’t go as planned.
During a recent edition of ESPN’s NBA Today, Jefferson had this to say: