Russell Westbrook has been one of the NBA’s better players for the past decade-plus, and even at age 34, he is still a viable player.
However, he has been heavily criticized by some, especially over the last couple of years, for his flaws, perceived or real.
One thing the Los Angeles Clippers guard has been criticized for is supposedly being a bad teammate who is selfish, egotistical, and out for his own stats at the expense of his team’s success.
But he told the media he enjoys seeing others do better, via Joey Linn on Twitter.
Russell Westbrook on his leadership:
“I genuinely enjoy seeing other people do better… I’ll take all the bullets for anybody, I’ll take all the heat, I don’t really give a damn, because I know what’s important for my teammate.” pic.twitter.com/5rBXGcxJIC
— Joey Linn (@joeylinn_) October 23, 2023
Westbrook certainly took lots of flak for others during his failed stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, when he was branded as the scapegoat for all that went wrong with them.
He was traded there prior to the 2021-22 season, and they were expected to be championship contenders, only to fail to reach the play-in tournament.
Other than Westbrook, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis, the rest of the team was old and thin, yet Westbrook got seemingly all the blame.
With the Clippers, Westbrook is playing for another team that expects to be a title contender, even if it is ultimately fatally flawed and missing a piece or two.
The once thick and loud hype that surrounded the Clippers over the last few years is mostly gone, and very few are picking them to win it all this season.
As he enters his 16th pro season, Westbrook is still looking for his first NBA championship.NEXT: Russell Westbrook Responds To Latest Criticism He Is Facing