Russell Westbrook says the boos from Los Angeles Lakers fans don't concern or bother him. Westbrook has been the most criticized Laker this season and he was once again a target of boos. On Sunday, Lakers fans booed Westbrook and his teammates for the much of the night against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Lakers delivered a disappointing performance as the Pelicans claimed a 123-95 win. After the game, Westbrook was asked if those boos were something he would take home with him. "Nah," Westbrook said. "Take it home? For what? S---.
Take it home? I got three beautiful kids at my house. Why would I take it home? If they boo, they can take their ass home. I ain't worried about that. It doesn't bother me none. ... "I can only answer if I take them home: No.
But as for our team, I don't think it's something we got to deal with. And kind of move forward."
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The Lakers have been losing a lot this year and in some games they were clearly lacking effort.
Lakers fans booed the Lakers for much of the night as they felt the required effort wasn't there. "Teams are coming in, playing harder, and I believe that's kind of their scouting report: Just play harder than them and see what happens," Westbrook said.
"And it's working. Until we determine and have the determination that we're not going to allow it, especially on our home floor, it will continue to happen to us." Meanwhile, LeBron James remains optimistic the Lakers can still turn around their season.
"It all starts with a win. That's what it starts with," James said when asked how L.A. can begin to turn things around. "Try to get off of this slide and get a win, and learn from that win with things you did well, things that you didn't do so well.
So it always starts with that and how you can try to get into a game-by-game situation." Dwight Howard says the Lakers can't quit or give up. "It's real easy to give up, throw in the towel and say negative things," Howard said.
"So, really at a loss for words. But we got to stay positive. We can't sulk in defeat, and we can't quit on each other. I know it's been a very rough season, but nah, I think that'd be bad."