Russell Westbrook Fires Back at Magic Johnson’s Criticism: ‘He’s Not Aware of What’s Going On’

The Los Angeles Lakers suffered another disappointing loss after a lopsided blowout loss to the Denver Nuggets. The lackluster effort provided more fuel to the fire for criticism, leading Hall of Famer Magic Johnson to blast the team publicly. Star point guard Russell Westbrook quickly fired back a stern response.

Magic Johnson criticizes the Lakers’ effort in blowout loss to the Nuggets

The Lakers have fallen into another disappointing stretch, dropping their last three straight contest.

The latest defeat came on Saturday night in a lopsided road loss to the Nuggets, where they were outplayed on both ends of the floor. Denver dominated from beyond the arc, shooting 57.5% (23-of-40) while dishing out 35 assists on 47 made field goals.

The Nuggets stretched out the lead to as much as 42 points in the fourth quarter, while the Lakers finished with only three players in double-figure scoring. The porous performance led Hall of Famer Magic Johnson to blast Los Angeles’ effort via Twitter.

“After being blown out by the Nuggets 133-96, we as Lakers fans can accept being outplayed but we deserve more than a lack of effort and no sense of urgency,” Johnson wrote. “Owner Jeanie Buss, you deserve better.”

Johnson’s harsh criticism comes after the Lakers have given up at least 125 points in each of their three straight losses. All that led Russell Westbrook to issue a stern response.

Russell Westbrook fires back at Magic Johnson’s criticism: ‘He’s not aware of what’s going on’

Magic Johnson hasn’t been one to bite his tongue concerning the Lakers’ play.

The Hall of Fame point guard’s comments quickly garnered traction leading a reporter to ask Westbrook after Saturday’s loss about the former Lakers great’s comment, to which he chose his words wisely while voicing in a snippy retort.

“I do not have a reaction,” said Westbrook via ESPN. “Everybody is entitled, in this world, to their opinion. Regardless of what that it is. You can either take it and run with it or you can take it and put it in one ear and out the other or you cannot respond to it.

“Magic’s entitled to his opinion. And he’s not here every day. He’s not around us every day. He’s not aware of what’s going on internally with us and trying to figure things out. But I have no response to that…Like I said, everyone in this world is entitled to their opinion and that’s that.”

Like the rest of the teammates, Westbrook is frustrated with their struggles to find any rhythm or consistency. The Lakers are not performing anywhere near the team they hoped to become after a busy offseason headlined by the acquisition of the former league MVP.

Instead, Los Angeles is floundering at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff picture. As long as the Lakers stumble, the criticism will continue to come, especially from Johnson or others associated with the organization.

Westbrook’s stern response came with a bit of snippiness, but it’s hard to ignore the team’s porous play that won’t cease to exist.

The clock is ticking on the Lakers

Johnson’s comments underline the bigger picture as the Lakers are playing well below expectations.

Despite LeBron James’ continued brilliance, ranking second with 28.9 points per contest, Los Angeles is the seventh overall playoff spot in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, Anthony Davis’ extended absence has only compounded their shortcomings, especially defensively, sitting 27th allowing 113.3 points per contest.

Davis’ return will plug some of those holes, but it will take a collective effort to push the franchise toward a realistic chance of vying for an NBA title. At this point, it’s challenging to envision a promising future ahead, but the Lakers still have time to figure it out, and the clock is ticking.

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