• Russell Westbrook has recorded his third-lowest career average in points this season
  • Stephen Curry likes how Westbrook deals with criticisms
  • The Lakers guard says addressing the issue with criticism has helped him 

Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has a great level of respect towards his competitors in the game.

Contrary to what was expected, Russell Westbrook’s debut season with the Los Angeles Lakers has been lackluster.

It didn’t take long before the disappointment from the Lakers faithful reached its peak. Fans started shaming Westbrook with taunts of “Westbrick” during home games to express their frustration over his performance.

Amid the heavy criticisms, “Russ” had an unexpected uplifting talk with a fellow MVP in Warriors’ Curry.

According to Curry, he let Westbrook know that he’s not doing anything wrong and that is just how the game works sometimes.

He also commended the Lakers guard’s ability to handle such a difficult situation professionally.

“I told him [Westbrook] when we played them in L.A. a couple of days ago that I respect how he’s handled the whole year, just in terms of everything he’s been saying and how he’s been handling himself and protecting his family,” Curry recently told Yahoo Sports.

“It is the nature of the beast,” he added. “And in a certain perspective, they build you up to break you down. The real ones who have done amazing things in this league know what that means. He’s a professional, and I’m proud of the way he’s conducting himself, and I’m there for him.”

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers Getty Images | Michael Owens

Westbrook has grown tired of naysayers criticizing him and calling him names. He stressed that lines were crossed and he's not letting anybody disrespect his name and his family.

To date, Westbrook is averaging 18.3 points per game, the third-lowest in his career and the lowest since his second year in the NBA in 2010.

However, the nine-time All-Star seemed to have found his rhythm against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, March 9 and dropped 30 points to lead all Laker scorers.

It was the first time Westbrook reached the 30-point mark since the Lakers’ 117-114 loss to the Hornets in January.

Speaking after the game, Westbrook confessed that opening up about his real thoughts has helped him play better inside the court.

“I think, for me, to be able to express and talk calmly, and get things off your chest is always good for me and not holding it in but allow myself to express and express the important things in my life,” Westbrook admitted. “And make sure I do that consistently because it’s just better for me to be able to go and play the way I need to play for this team.”

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, meanwhile, remains optimistic Westbrook can still “finish strong” this season.

Vogel is also certain the team will be back to their winning ways when Anthony Davis returns.