August 11, 2022

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San Antonio Spurs rookie Jeremy Sochan stated he was “not intending on being disrespectful” to...

San Antonio Spurs rookie Jeremy Sochan stated he was “not intending on being disrespectful” to Russell Westbrook when he related the phrase “bricks” with the Los Angeles Lakers star.

In a broadly circulated social video that went viral over the weekend, Sochan and fellow Spurs rookie Malaki Branham are proven collaborating in a word-association guessing sport throughout this month’s NBA summer season league in Las Vegas.

Brantham, hoping Sochan would guess the phrase “triple-double,” provided his teammate the trace: “Russell Westbrook get ’em lots.” Sochan instantly guessed, “Bricks,” prompting Brantham to reply, “No, no, no!”

Sochan, who ultimately guessed “triple-double,” took to Twitter on Sunday to handle the incident.

Sochan, 19, stated in a later tweet that Westbrook has been his “idol since I began watching the NBA” and added that his canine’s title is Russell — an homage to the previous NBA MVP.

Westbrook, 33, struggled via an uneven first season with the Lakers in 2021-22, averaging simply 18.5 factors per sport whereas capturing 29.8% from 3-point vary.

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The nine-time All-Star guard has been outspoken in regards to the widespread criticism and derision he’s confronted in current seasons, saying earlier this yr that mocking nicknames like “Westbrick” are “shaming my title, my legacy for my youngsters.”

Westbrook parted methods final week with longtime agent Thad Foucher, who cited “irreconcilable variations” in an announcement to ESPN and prompt that there was not full alignment with Westbrook about he ought to need to stay with the Lakers for the ultimate season of his $47 million contract.

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Sochan was chosen by the Spurs with the ninth total choose on this yr’s NBA draft after one season at Baylor, the place he averaged 9.2 factors per sport and shot 58.5% from the ground and 29.6% from 3-point vary.

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