Russell Westbrook addresses trash talk from Timberwolves: ‘Nobody over there has done anything in this league’

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In what is becoming an increasingly frequent occurrence, the Los Angeles Lakers were blown out on Wednesday. This time, it was the Minnesota Timberwolves dominating them in a 124-104 victory, and Lakers guard Russell Westbrook didn’t take kindly to their attitude during the thrashing. The Timberwolves were seen talking quite a bit of trash to the Lakers, and while Westbrook denied that it was directed his way, he did go out of his way to remind the Timberwolves of where he perceives them in the league’s pecking order. 

“I honestly don’t pay no mind to it. Maybe other guys (do). “They weren’t talking to me. They were talking to individual guys, but the trash talking doesn’t bother me none. Nobody over there has done anything in this league,” Westbrook said while stifling a laugh. “It’s fine. They’re good. They won a game, happy for them, (I’ll) move on to the next one. That’s that.”

Most of this quote was fairly innocuous, but to suggest that Minnesota’s players somehow lack the right to talk trash because of his perception of their achievements in the NBA shows a startling lack of self-awareness. The Timberwolves have won 12 more games than the Lakers. The two teams have played four times and the Timberwolves have outscored the Lakers by 57 points in those matchups. Right now, the Timberwolves are a significantly better team than the Lakers are. Westbrook doesn’t acknowledge that. Instead, he hangs on to his past accolades for dear life. It’s a sensible standard on his part. Averaging career-worst statistics on a team well below .500 gives him little right to talk trash himself. The past is all he really has at this stage of his career.

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