Lakers: Russell Westbrook picked the wrong night to drop his new signature shoe – All Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook picked the wrong night to drop his latest signature sneaker, the Jordan Why Not? .5. Bleacher / Report Kicks reports that the shoe is their fifth signature shoe:
Brodie unleashed the sneaker, which is set to hit stores in the spring of 2022, in a 122-115 loss on Christmas Day to the shorthanded Brooklyn Nets. Granted, the Lakers were body-missing themselves… but not as much as Brooklyn.
In 36:53, Westbrook went 4 of 20 from the field to score 13 points. The veteran 6’3 “point guard finished with a triple-double (he also had 12 rebounds and 11 assists). He also recorded five fouls and three turnovers. The UCLA product also recorded a paltry – 23 plus-minus metric means Los Angeles were outscored by 23 points in the minutes Westbrook was on the pitch.
With Westbrook on the bench to start the fourth quarter, the Lakers came back from a 102-82 deficit, edging the Nets 19-8 in the first 6:40 of play of the period. Then Westbrook was recruited for the Talen Horton-Tucker wing with 5:20 remaining, and tried to play a hopeless hero ball late, shoving what would have been easy in the past around the bucket.
The miserable night of the 2017 MVP was capped off by that listless defensive streak, in which he failed to switch to sniper Patty Mills, allowing the latter to go wild and essentially seal Brooklyn’s victory with a corner triplet:
Mills, who made his living ($ 68.2 million and over) as one of the NBA’s top long-range shooters, would end the game with eight three-pointers. The 33-year-old St. Mary’s alum makes 44 percent of his 7.5 triples a night for Brooklyn. For Westbrook to lose him during that crucial late-game moment was a pretty unforgivable offense. Fans shredded Westbrook online for its abysmal night.
The whole operation wasn’t exactly a resounding endorsement for Russ’s fancy new footwear.
The luge was rocky for Westbrook in his first (and, if LA has anything to say about it, the last) Lakers’ season. this year, Westbrook is averaging 19.6 points, 8.1 assists, 7.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, plus an average PER of 15.8 and an absolutely brutal turnover of 4.6 per match.
As for the shoe itself, the next Why Not? that looks pretty darn cool. Designed to mimic the handling of a trail running sneaker, the new shoe is expected to come out in tandem with a clothing set designed in the same pattern that will include a t-shirt, hoodie, jacket, and detachable pants, presumably. for when you just need a quick burn but don’t have time for a change.
Since entering the NBA, Westbrook has carved out a place for himself as arguably the premier fashion plate in the league. The veteran is making bold and interesting aesthetic choices, and that clearly extends to his design choices in the Jordan sneaker space. We hope he can soon start innovating to win at the Crypto.com Arena.