The Los Angeles Lakers made a big splash on Thursday when they landed Russell Westbrook to be the point guard for Anthony Davis and LeBron James.
RUSS IS A LAKER 🔥
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 30, 2021
Shortly after the trade was announced, the LA Times reported that LeBron James had Westbrook and Anthony Davis over at his house a couple of weeks ago to talk about the possibility of having Russ on the Lakers.
“They talked about putting their egos aside and playing as one in their quest to bring the Lakers another NBA championship,” Turner wrote, via the Los Angeles Times. “Westbrook talked about how his only intention was winning and coming back home to Los Angeles to become a champion.”
Westbrook, LeBron, and AD met at LeBron’s house about two weeks ago to discuss the possibility of playing together;
“They talked about putting their egos aside and playing as one in their quest to bring the Lakers another NBA championship.”
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) July 30, 2021
After the reported meeting of the minds between Westbrook and the Lakers duo was reported, many fans took to social media to call out the potential for a tampering infraction.
I wonder if the Lakers will get hit with tampering penalties again https://t.co/Vosp1xxEmt
— Riley (@_Rile_E_Coyote) July 30, 2021
Lakers been tampering for so long mane 😭😭😭😭 https://t.co/iebtPiWSmy
— Ain’t living right (@TheHolyOmen) July 29, 2021
tampering ass lakers 😂 https://t.co/Pafm46gCkE
— Chris (@Cesepts) July 30, 2021
Thank god the league doesn’t care about the lakers tampering pic.twitter.com/I5oRDr0WYr
— Josh (@LUISGARCIASZN) July 30, 2021
I have to ask… How is AD, LeBron, and Westbrook meeting two weeks ago not considered tampering??? 💀
— Drippy Longstockings 🧦🕺🏾 (@CardoHuncho) July 30, 2021
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It’s unclear at this moment if the NBA will seek to look into issues of tampering over the alleged meeting between Westbrook, LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
For now, the Lakers have nothing to worry about, and a highly-skilled Big 3 heading into the season.
Will this be the year Russ cements his legacy with a championship?