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Lakers’ Kent Bazemore Chimes in on Viral Russell Westbrook Clip


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Russell Westbrook of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Russell Westbrook has been hard at work this offseason and his new Los Angeles Lakers teammates are taking notice.

A clip of one of Westbrook’s workouts recently went viral, with the former MVP battling through some contract from his trainers and dunking. In typical Westbrook fashion, he puffs out his chest and talks some trash to his trainers.

“Russell Westbrook shows no mercy, not even to his trainers,” the clip tweeted out by the SportsCenter account read. “Gotta practice how you play.”

Westbrook’s new teammate Kent Bazemore retweeted the play, writing: “Can’t wait to feed of this energy!”

For as much as Westbrook has been criticized in recent years for his sometimes inefficient play, he’s an incredible teammate. On and off the court, Westbrook’s intensity and leadership is the stuff of legend.

“We have a guy who pushes us every night.

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LeBron Deletes Tweet About Lakers Offseason

LeBron on the court for the Lakers.

LeBron on the court for the Lakers.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been the most active team so far throughout NBA free agency.

As of yesterday, Rob Pelinka and the LA front office have added 12-time All Star Carmelo Anthony, former No. 11 pick Malik Monk, former All-Rookie First-Team guard Kendrick Nunn and four former Laker veterans in Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington, Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore.

The team also re-signed 20 year-old guard Talen Horton-Tucker and added superstar point guard Russell Westbrook by way of trade last week.

Some believe this new-look roster has the Lakers poised to contend for an NBA title, but others have been critical of these franchises additions.

So far, the biggest criticisms have revolved around the team’s league-high average age.

LeBron James responded to these concerns on Twitter Wednesday.

“Keep talking about my squad, our personnel ages, the way he plays, he stays

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LeBron James deletes fiery tweet about Lakers old roster

LeBron James hears the geriatric chatter about his retooled Lakers roster.

In a since-deleted tweet, James demanded critics keep that same energy throughout the season.

“Keep talking about my squad, our personnel ages, the way he plays, he says injured, we’re past our time in this league, etc etc etc,” James wrote Wednesday, after the Lakers acquired a number of veterans in free agency, including 37-year-old Carmelo Anthony and 32-year-old Russell Westbrook

“Do me one favor PLEASE!!!! And I mean PLEASE!!! Keep that same narrative ENERGY when it begins! That’s all I ask,” the 36-year-old James continued, adding the hashtag, “ThankYou,” and his signature crown emoji.

It was unclear why James deleted the fiery tweet about the Lakers roster, which has an average age of 32.4 years old — not only the oldest team at the moment but also one of the oldest of all-time, according to SB Nation.

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LeBron James responds to age criticisms of new Lakers roster

After trading three players in a deal to acquire Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards, the Los Angeles Lakers needed to revamp the roster in a major way.

Los Angeles had over 10 free agents entering the market, which made matters more complicated in terms of retaining key pieces to the roster. Alex Caruso was a vital rotational reserve who departed to the Chicago Bulls on a four-year, $37 million deal because the Lakers didn’t want to pay him that.

So far, the Lakers have pursued several win-now veterans on minimum deals to round out the roster in hopes of optimizing the open championship window with LeBron James and Anthony Davis at the helm.

Veterans like Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Wayne Ellington, Trevor Ariza and Kent Bazemore have all joined L.A. to win a title.

But the moves have generated criticism from the NBA world because of the collective

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