Russell Westbrook, chosen by the NBA as one of the top 75 players Throughout its history, it has become the center of the bullseye of the Lakers fans. And now it also seems that he is the one designated by his coach as the scapegoat of the Los Angeles team’s crisis.
The point guard, who once again had a fateful night shooting with only five of his 17 attempts converted, had to watch the last 3:56 minutes of the loss to the Pacers from the bench. Frank Vogel decide to leave the star signing of the season on the bench to play the final minutes without him.
With the score 94-101, the Los Angeles coach made a move and bet on Malik Monk instead of the MVP of the 2017-2018 season that he had to do as a substitute the umpteenth shipwreck of the Lakers in a season to be forgotten both for the point guard and for the rest of his teammates.
Vogel, who is currently traveling with the team to lead the next game against the Orlando Magic, justified his decision by sending a message that can further open the wound that exists in the locker room: “I chose the players who I thought could win the game”. A phrase that fell like a bomb in the squad and especially in a Westbrook who left the locker room without speaking to the press.