Very few players have suffered this season, more than Russell Westbrook himself, as he has been subject to heavy criticism from fans and pundits alike, and now he has parted ways with his agent too, giving his critics another chance to come back at him.. The 2021-22 NBA season did not go as planned for the Basketball giants In Los Angeles. Boasting a star-studded lineup, with One of the All-Time Greats, LeBron James himself, and two future Hall of Famers in Anthony Davis and freshly traded, Russell Westbrook, the Lakers looked scary on paper. However, the ‘Shooting Stars’ could not fulfill their wishes.
Westbrook has had a stressful season with people questioning him over and over again, as the Lakers underperformed drastically. They started the season poorly and didn’t seem to take games seriously until after the All-Star break. There seemed to be a lack of urgency among the players in general, with all the injuries, they never developed any rhythm.
“You eat that if you’re the agent” – Russell Westbrook’s agent is being criticized for releasing his reason of departure.
Westbrook and the Lakers started the season poorly and didn’t seem to take games seriously until after the All-Star break. There seemed to be a lack of urgency among the players in general, with all the injuries, they never developed any rhythm. The lack of Cap Space meant that key roles were being filled with G-league players and minimum salary vets, which was never a formula for success. Russell Westbrook and his agent Thad Foucher parted ways after a 14-year-long association. The 33-year-old is currently in trade rumors that are hinting at his exit from the Lakers.
The situation was notable because Thad Foucher released a statement explaining why he parted with Russell Westbrook, something that is not usually done. In a statement to ESPN, Foucher cited “irreconcilable differences” as the primary reason for the split, suggesting that he and Westbrook were not aligned on the best move for the nine-time All-Star going forward.
Recently, NBA analyst Dan Le Batard has revealed that he’s never seen an agent do what Thad Foucher did, and expressed shock at that happening. He also pointed out that it seems as though that was Russell Westbrook’s agent initiating the split between the two.
“I haven’t heard from Westbrook on his agent. What I saw is the agent breaking up with him and saying “irreconcilable differences”. The agent lives in service of the client no matter what a dips*it the client is. You are there as an advocate in service…You eat that as the agent… You know how much money Russell Westbrook’s made you? Whether the truth is there, the agent has to conceal the truth in service of the client.” Dan lashed out
It is clear that this statement from Russell Westbrook’s agent has come as a shock to many people. While there may be some truth in that statement, Dan Le Batard makes a good point in saying that the agent is “in service” of the player and breaching that privilege is highly unprofessional.
Fans massively trolled the nine-time All-Star for his performances last season. Although Russ is not new to slander, things reached an all-time low when he was booed at the Staples Center itself. As Westbrook, 33, enters the final season of a five-year maximum deal, his standing with the Lakers is uncertain. Westbrook has been the subject of significant trade discussion after an uneven debut season with the Lakers a year ago.
A dysfunctional team, poor decision making, lack of rhythm, and good players to fill in roles, all these factors led to the Lakers having a record of 33-49 in 2021-22 and crashing out of the playoff. However, if the rumors are to be believed, Westbrook may not need to worry about another season in LA, as he might get traded away from the franchise. However, his situation should not give anybody reason to slander him, specially his former agent.