And with the Lakers continuing to struggle this year, it hasn’t gotten any easier for Westbrook.
Westbrook has had plenty of his own struggles this season, especially in terms of shooting, which has made dealing with fans’ criticism even harder for him.
Westbrook now says he is afraid to bring his family to games because of what fans say to him.
He says he doesn’t want his kids to hear their father be called insulting names for no reason at all during games.
Russell Westbrook spoke on the criticism he and his family have faced through the years. pic.twitter.com/ADDW4WEvfC
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 8, 2022
It’s sad that it has to come to this for Westbrook.
No player should ever have to be afraid to bring their families into the arena to watch them play, but that is the full extent of the abuse Westbrook is taking from Laker fans.
Laker fans are understandably frustrated, given the talent the team has on their roster, but resorting to throwing insults Westbrook’s way is taking it too far and puts things into perspective.
At the end of the day, Westbrook is not the sole reason for all of the Lakers’ struggles.
The roster is poorly constructed and has been hit with injuries all season.
When a team struggles, it is not all because of one player or coach and it should not be pinned on one individual in particular.
The Lakers, for whatever reason, are having a sub-par season and don’t appear to be making any progress on turning things around.
But Westbrook shouldn’t have to feel like it’s not safe to bring his family into the arena.
Fans just need to temper their criticism a little.