Patrick Beverley, former Los Angeles Lakers player, has come forward to defend his former teammate, Russell Westbrook, against the criticism Westbrook has faced.
During an appearance on the Gil's Arena podcast, Beverley expressed his opinion that having Westbrook come off the bench was not the best strategy for the Lakers.
Beverley, who started every game he played for the Lakers in the 2022-23 season, believed that Westbrook should have been in the starting lineup alongside LeBron James, Austin Reaves, Anthony Davis, and himself.
He strongly objected to the derogatory nickname "Westbrick" that has been used to describe Westbrook, citing Westbrook's impressive record-breaking achievements in the NBA.
He questioned the logic behind the nickname, stating, "The man has broken every (expletive) record. He shot 40 percent from three, and people are calling him 'Westbrick.' How?"
Beverley acknowledged that criticism is par for the course in the NBA, regardless of its merit, emphasizing the principle that one reaps what they sow. He suggested that Westbrook's triple-double phase had made him a target for scrutiny.
In the 2022-23 season, Beverley played 45 games for the Lakers, averaging 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists.
Despite coming off the bench, Westbrook remained productive, averaging 15.9 points and 7.5 assists. However, Westbrook was ultimately released by the Lakers and later signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.