Russell Westbrook is a player that has often been criticized during this season for his poor performances for the Los Angeles Lakers. There have been many fans and analysts who have claimed that he was one of the biggest problems for the Los Angeles Lakers this season.
A hurtful nickname that people often use for Russell Westbrook is "Westbrick". It is clear that people are modifying his last name to include the word "brick" which in basketball terms means a badly missed shot. Previously, Russell Westbrook made a statement where he said that the "Westbrick" nickname to him is now "shaming".
"It really hit me the other day. Me and wife were at the teacher-parent conference for my son. And the teacher told me, Noah is so proud of his last name, he writes it everywhere, he tells everyone ‘I’m Westbrook’… I kind of sat there in shock and it hit me. I can’t no longer allow people, for example, Westbrick to me is now shaming, shaming my name and my legacy for my kid. It’s a name that means more to me, my wife, my mom, my dad, the ones that paved the way for me."
One of Russell Westbrook's biggest detractors this season was NBA analyst Skip Bayless. Recently, Skip Bayless reacted to the Los Angeles Lakers selecting Max Christie, who was a poor shooter in college, claiming that he'd "fit right in with LeBron and Westbrick". Russell Westbrook has recently responded to Skip Bayless using the "Westbrick" nickname, telling the analyst to "watch your mouth" and not say anything on Twitter that he "wouldn't say" to Westbrook's face.
It is easy to see why Russell Westbrook would be hurt by the nickname, and hopefully, people stop using it in the future. In this situation, it seems as though Westbrook is standing up for himself, and refusing to be called by a nickname that he feels is shaming him.
Hopefully, we see Russell Westbrook play better going forward, whether it is on the Los Angeles Lakers or otherwise. There is no doubt that he's going to be a Hall-of-Famer in the future, and perhaps we'll see him prove the haters wrong next season.