Russell Westbrook says he vs. biology was a bigger rivalry than the Lakers vs. the Clippers
For the first time in his career, Russell Westbrook will face the Clippers as a member of the Lakers on Friday. A decade ago it wouldn’t have been so noticeable, but in recent seasons, especially after the Clippers acquired Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the summer of 2019, both sides have had a lot of hype surrounding their reunions. as the media searches for a rivalry she’s been trying to force since Chris Paul’s trade veto nearly 10 years ago.
However, for various reasons – with teams never being good at the same time, in recent years, injuries or the 2020 Clippers playoff collapse – it’s still the only time the two teams have both been. competitive at the same time for any significant period of time. And given that Westbrook is a Los Angeles native who grew up as a Lakers fan, it was always relevant to ask his take on the game, and if he ever saw it as a “rivalry.” .
Turns out the answer is, as anyone in Los Angeles might have predicted, not really.
âNo, I didn’t see anything as a rivalry. I considered my grades to be my rivalry, âWestbrook said with a laugh.
When a reporter followed, asking if that meant he had a rivalry with math, Westbrook clarified that he was very good at it, which makes sense given his amazing ability to rack up counting stats. . It was another class that was his personal rival.
“Math? No, I killed math. It was me against biology, chemistry, that’s what worried me. I wasn’t worried about the absence of the Lakers or the Clippers, to be honest, âWestbrook said.
But while Westbrook was clearly joking, he could’ve been on something as well, because even though I don’t have access to his ratings, it’s no exaggeration to say that almost everything may have been more of a rivalry than Lakers vs. Clippers was during Westbrook’s formative years.
You see, in the 23 times the Lakers played against the Clippers during Westbrook’s middle and high school years, the Lakers were 16-7 overall, and in even more lopsided stats the Lakers had won. 14 of the first 17 games of this duration. Basically, it almost had to be a bigger rivalry between him and biology if he ran into any trouble, as the Lakers certainly didn’t face much while destroying this version of the Clippers.
And going forward, if Westbrook can teach the Lakers to treat the Clippers more like math and less like biology, they should be in pretty good shape for the rest of this season as well.
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