The relationship between Russell Westbrook and the Los Angeles Lakers hasn’t exactly been a match made in Heaven. Things haven’t gone particularly well for either the team or player in the two seasons since he joined the Lakers. Because of that, the wording of a recent report has brought out the comedian in several NBA fans.
Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report recently proposed a four-team trade that would end with Los Angeles acquiring Chris Paul and Westbrook ending up on the Charlotte Hornets. And while some big names would be on the move in that deal, it’s just one person’s idea based on the knowledge of what a few teams are looking to do. No, the interesting part of Pincus’ article is that the Lakers “have concerns about his (Westbrook’s) playoff viability, per multiple sources.”
Following Monday’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the Lakers are 23-28. That has them 2.5 games behind the Utah Jazz, who currently occupy the No. 10 (and therefore, final play-in spot) in the Western Conference, with both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers between Los Angeles and Utah. Even getting into the No. 10 — or No. 9 — spot would put the Lakers in a single-elimination game that if they won, would put them into another single-elimination game, before making the playoffs.
Furthermore, Los Angeles didn’t make the playoffs last season, going 33-49 in Westbrook’s first with the team.
Knowing all of that, several fans made similar jokes upon seeing this report.
You don’t have to worry about playoff viability if you don’t actually make the playoffs pic.twitter.com/D0PSDzrjQM
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) January 31, 2023
iiiiii think the Lakers are skipping a few steps https://t.co/AQ09mXFkYA
— Ashley Nicole Moss (@AshNicoleMoss) January 31, 2023
Not really something they have to worry about. https://t.co/po355eSGPn
— Anthony Doyle (@Anthonysmdoyle) January 31, 2023
I wouldn't be super concerned about that https://t.co/YfSxOsEzp2
— Patrick Fenelon 🌹 (@Patrick_Fenelon) January 31, 2023
This is like me, at 5’10, complaining that I may hit my head on an 8ft door threshold https://t.co/0eSZfiqvUD
— Alf Horford (@Dana_patrick_d) January 31, 2023
[Bleacher Report, NBA Central on Twitter]