For weeks now, the analyst has been harping on Westbrook at every chance he can get and it’s created quite a little media firestorm.
Bayless’ words even got to the man himself and Westbrook snapped back, tweeting at Bayless following his criticism.
But we all know Bayless isn’t going to stop.
What a difference a year makes: Now it's LEBRON VS WESTBROOK. KD tried to warn you, Bron, but no, you wouldn't listen. You RECRUITED RUSS AND HIS TWO-YEAR DEAL. Now you're stuck with him and the $47 million your Lakers owe him.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) July 18, 2022
He’s now focused his ire on LeBron James, Westbrook’s teammate.
On Twitter, Bayless went off:
“What a difference a year makes: Now it’s LEBRON VS WESTBROOK. KD tried to warn you, Bron, but no, you wouldn’t listen. You RECRUITED RUSS AND HIS TWO-YEAR DEAL. Now you’re stuck with him and the $47 million your Lakers owe him.”
Does James really deserve the blame for the rough season Westbrook just had?
There is truth to the fact that James wanted Westbrook on his squad.
During the last offseason, James made it clear to the team that he would love to play alongside Westbrook.
When James asks for something, you give it to him – and the Lakers did.
They signed Westbrook to a huge deal and now they are stuck with that hefty contract so it’s true that they are in a tough spot when trying to trade him.
But you can’t necessarily blame James for wanting Westbrook.
He’s always had his issues and has been up and down at times but he was considered one of the best guards in the league before last season.
Who could have predicted he’d have such a rough start in LA?
The point is that James had reasons to believe this combination of players would work.
The truth is it still could.