Thunder star Russell Westbrook says he wasn’t intentionally trolling Lance Stephenson with air guitar celebration
The Oklahoma City Thunder came away with a narrow away victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, 107-100.
Aside from the verbal abuse received by Thunder star Paul George from the home crowd, one of the more memorable moments of the evening was when Russell Westbrook mocked Lakers veteran Lance Stephenson with the latter’s own air guitar celebration.
According to Westbrook, however, it was merely a spur-of-the-moment reaction, and he had no intentions of making fun of Stephenson:
Thunder’s Russell Westbrook on his air guitar celebration near Lakers’ Lance Stephenson: “Was I thinking about it? I wasn’t thinking about no damn guitar. It was an and-one. Having fun, per usual.” pic.twitter.com/sjIreexuBT
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) January 3, 2019
Stephenson famously rocked out that exact same celebration on Christmas Day when he hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer against the Golden State Warriors. Well, Westbrook obviously saw the tape, and thought that it would be cool to hit Lance with a dose of his own medicine.
Sure, Westbrook is claiming that it was unintentional, but we all know the truth. He was meters away from Stephenson when Westbrook did the dance, and it followed an and-1 play by Paul George against Stephenson. To say that it was a mere coincidence would be nothing short of ludicrous.
Westbrook certainly knows how to have fun, and this was definitely on full display on this particular play.
Nonetheless, it was another contrasting evening for Westbrook against the Lakers. While he did notch yet another triple-double (14 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists), the former MVP winner went 3-of-20 from the field (15.0 percent shooting!) in one of his worst shooting nights of his entire career. Westbrook shot 1-of-7 from distance and made only 7-of-10 of his attempts from the charity stripe.
Russell Westbrook is definitely in a shooting funk right now, but as proven by his recent antics, one thing he has not lost is his sense of humor.