Russell Westbrook was waved off the floor of the NBA Playoffs for the second consecutive season.
In Saturday's Game 5 between Houston and Los Angeles, Westbrook got into an altercation with Rajon Rondo's brother William while down 23 points in the fourth quarter.
Rockets’ Russell Westbrook repeatedly shouts “Who you talking to?” at Rajon Rondo’s brother who was seated in front row & supporting Lakers during Game 5. Austin Rivers adds, “You’ve got to go” before security escorts him out. NBA has policy restricting bubble fan conduct pic.twitter.com/w9Wb3tCXCd— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 13, 2020
Security would ask William Rondo to leave the stands. The NBA had implemented protocol for family members attending games inside the bubble.
The NBA has warned teams that owners and senior basketball executives -- and their families -- must adhere to proper decorum at playoff games in The Bubble, per memo. "No profane or objectionable language," or "coming onto court" during games.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 31, 2020
After the game, Rajon Rondo said that his brother called Westbrook "trash" and gave Westbrook the "'Damian Lillard wave'" when Russ asked what he said.
Lakers guard Rajon Rondo says his brother, William, called Russell Westbrook “trash” and nothing more and gave him the “Damian Lillard” wave when the Rockets star asked what he said. Rondo said his bother didn’t say anything more and he is hopeful there will be no discipline.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) September 13, 2020
Entering the 2019 NBA postseason, Westbrook and Lillard's rivalry was just getting started but it was Dame who got the last laugh after launching a 37-foot stepback to win the series in Westbrook's final moment as a member of the Thunder.
After winning the series, Lillard waved the Thunder goodbye.
Damian Lillard waves goodbye to OKC pic.twitter.com/h0Dhofe5nP— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) April 24, 2019
You know the rest. Paul George would claim that Lillard took a bad shot before forcing his way out of Oklahoma City and Westbrook would soon be shipped out to Houston.
Now one year later, Westbrook has been ignored by the Lakers defense who gladly let him shoot as much as he wants en route to defeating the Rockets in just five games.
Then to make matters worse, his shortcoming last year came back when William Rondo knew to hit him where it hurts.
After being eliminated Saturday, Westbrook told the media that William Rondo "started talking crazy and I don't play that."
Well, Westbrook didn't enjoy it but all of Rip City did.
“Damian Lillard” Wave statue in front of moda https://t.co/cHeibTSeAO— AG (@gedrose23) September 13, 2020
Who knows, maybe Russ can make it three in a row next season.
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