Ja Morant: Russell Westbrook ‘Highly Disrespected’

Russell Westbrook is “highly disrespected,” this despite having a Hall of Fame résumé, according to Grizzlies rookie guard Ja Morant.

“People take his play for granted,” Morant said Wednesday prior to facing Westbrook and the Rockets.

Russ finished with 33 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in Houston’s 140-112 blowout of visiting Memphis, and told reporters he couldn’t care less what anyone says about his game.


“I still feel like he’s highly disrespected,” Morant told ESPN on Wednesday before playing against Westbrook for the first time. “People take his play for granted. I mean, he averaged a triple-double for the last three or four years, and I’m pretty sure they see what he’s doing this year, but it’s still the same thing. I just love that he still just goes out and plays and handles his business and doesn’t worry about it.”

In fact, Morant argues that Westbrook should have more fans.

Westbrook, the 2016-17 MVP and a nine-time All-Star, didn’t disagree with Morant’s opinion. Westbrook dismissed the matter as any sort of concern.

“I don’t really care what nobody else thinks about my game,” Westbrook said. “I appreciate guys like [Morant] and other guys, but as long as I’m OK and satisfied with what I bring to the table, I’m going to keep busting everybody’s ass.”

Related Russell Westbrook Says He ‘Gets Painted to Be a Bad Guy’