Shannon Sharpe Blasts Russell Westbrook For Not Acknowledging His Bad Performances

In the last few games, Russell Westbrook has looked to rediscover his old self, although it’s a little late for the Los Angeles Lakers, who are 11 games below the .500 mark. The Purple and Gold’s chances of qualifying for the 2022 NBA playoffs look grim as of now, but there’s still hope for them to  qualify for the play-in tournament if they win their rest of the remaining games. To do so, they’ll definitely need Russ at his best, and it’s good to see that the player is getting there. 

However, Westbrook has been under deep scrutiny for his dismal season. Shannon Sharpe has been Russell’s biggest critique, and once again, the former NFL player-turned-analyst blasted the 2017 NBA MVP for not acknowledging his poor level this campaign. 

While speaking on ‘Skip and Shannon: Undisputed’, Sharpe said:

“Professional athletes are supposed to play well. I provide for my family, you’re supposed to provide for your family, you don’t get no cookies, no star for providing for your family, that’s what you’re supposed to do. Oh, I play well, you’re supposed to play well Russ, it’s that you play so bad and you won’t accept it, you won’t even acknowledge that you’re playing bad.”

He compared Westbrook to those men that try very hard to hide their real age, saying they are in their 20s when it’s obvious they are 60-year-old. 

“Russ is the guy, ‘he’s the older guy that looks in the mirror and all he sees is a younger himself’. Like, you know, your boy is still 28 got it going on, naah dude, you’re 62.”

Sharpe has made a lot of comments about Westbrook this campaign. Even when Russ has shown promise to perform well, Sharpe has still come down hard on him with some harsh takes.

While the best answer Russell could give to all the naysayers like Shannon Sharpe is by performing on the court, only time will tell, if he will be able to shut their mouths or not.


Rohit Shahi is a Sports editor and a passionate fan of NBA. He aims to bring all the latest NBA news to you, covering all the major events and biggest superstars.