With the exception of his profile picture, Russell Westbrook made huge waves this week when fans noticed that he deleted all posts from his Instagram related to the Los Angeles Lakers. That wasn’t all as he also removed all pictures from his time with the Houston Rockets and the Washington Wizards. The only pictures he left up are from his tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the franchise that drafted him to the NBA in 2008.
Westbrook is also not hiding the fact that he doesn’t want to return to Los Angeles. He recently liked a comment on Instagram of a fan asking him to do everything in his power to leave the Lakers.
Russ has been the scapegoat for the Lakers’ failure all season. The other scapegoat, coach Frank Vogel has long been axed.
Usually, when an athlete starts deleting things, the fan base gets mad and tries their best to let that player know that they do not want them to go. This is not one of those times as Lakers fans did not care one bit about Westbrook’s actions.
The only time Westbrook reached the NBA Finals was with OKC in 2012, where he also made the Western Conference Finals four times. Since then, Westbrook has only made it as far as the Conference Semifinals.
Westbrook averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.1 assists on the season but struggled with efficiency in an up-and-down year.
Russell Westbrook is still a first-ballot Hall of Famer and one of the greatest players to ever play in the NBA. All signs seem to point to a trade brewing in the offseason.