LeBron James defends Russell Westbrook on social media, claims Washington Wizards star deserves more respect

Russell Westbrook (L) and LeBron James (R)
Russell Westbrook (L) and LeBron James (R)
Arhaan Raje

LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are two of the most polarizing players in the NBA. Westbrook has been dominating teams around the league of late and has led the Washington Wizards to a 9-1 record in their last ten outings. Despite that, the former league MVP has often been picked on by several fans and critics this season.

Westbrook's long-time friend and colleague LeBron James took to Instagram to express his feelings about the disrespect that Russ has had to endure in recent weeks. Here is what LeBron posted this morning:

LeBron James demands respect for Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double for the fourth time in his career this season. He is the only player to achieve this feat multiple times in the NBA. Westbrook is now six triple-doubles shy of breaking the legendary Oscar Robertson's career-triple-double tally of 181.

LeBron James has been a great ambassador on and off the court and has often had to deal with a lot of hate throughout his career. He has always been the kind of individual who has supported the players around the NBA and stood up when it mattered the most.

It comes as no surprise that LeBron James has come to the aid of Westbrook, who has been at the center of a lot of criticism, regardless of his achievements this campaign.

Russell Westbrook put on a show last night against the LA Lakers. He scored 18 points, claimed 18 rebounds, and dished out 14 assists in the 116-107 win over the defending champs. The win helped the Wizards gain a two-game advantage over the 11th placed Bulls in the Eastern Conference.

Anthony Davis played his fourth straight game since returning from a ten-week-long injury layoff. He scored a team-high 26 points on the night as the team continued to play without talisman LeBron James, who could return soon.

AD and Russ are also great friends off the court, and the LA Lakers star was seen congratulating the former MVP on the win for his team after the game.

Edited by Parimal
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