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Lakers star Russell Westbrook not happy about recent benching, but remains positive and focused on helping team win

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When the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night to drop below .500, there was one player noticeably absent on the court in the final four minutes: Russell Westbrook.

The 33-year old, who is earning over $44 million in 2021/22, has struggled to fit in with the Lakers and been under heavy scrutiny from fans and media throughout the season.

His poor shooting and lack of defensive prowess has forced Lakers head coach Frank Vogel to change things up, which manifested in sitting the supposed star in crunch time of a close game.

Despite everything, Russell Westbrook continues to maintain a positive mindset and keeps his eyes on the prize. Even if he doesn’t agree with every decision being made.

“I want to be able to be on the floor to help my teammates and be able to help our team win in games like that — but that was a decision that was made” said Westbrook.

“Ultimately, you have to be OK when s— doesn’t go well, and I’m OK…I’ve done everything that’s been asked of me here, and I’ll continue to do so and ride this out as long as we can toward our ultimate goal — and that’s to win a championship”

The Long Beach, California native has averaged 18.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.8 assists in 45 games this campaign.

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Award-winning rapper J. Cole will be playing basketball in Canada this summer

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J-Cole wants to prove to everybody that he is more than just a rapper. He is also an aspiring basketball player and will get to play professionally north of the border.

The Grammy-winning artist has reportedly signed a contract to play for Canadian basketball team Scarborough Shooting Stars of the
Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL).

The 37-year old previously played basketball in Africa last May with
Patriots Basketball Club of the Basketball Africa League, but left after just three games due to “family obligations”.

The Shooting Stars will open their season against the Guelph Nighthawks on May 26.

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Tiger Woods feels a lot better as be prepares to compete at PGA Championship

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Tiger Woods admits he will never be 100% healthy again, and will be forced to be picky with which tournaments he decided to play moving forward.

But don’t worry Tiger fans, the 15-time major champion will only be participating if he feels he has a legitimate shot at winning. Ahead of the PGA championship later this week, Woods reveals he feels much better in comparison to how he felt the last time he competed on a golf course.

“Am I ever going to have full mobility? No. Never again…But I’ll be able to get stronger. It’s going to ache, but that’s the way it’s going to be” said Woods.

“I’m excited about (this week). I’m not going to play that much going forward, so anytime I do play, it’s going to be fun to play and to compete. There are only so many money games you can play at home.”

The 46-year old played at the Masters last month after a long layoff. Despite a strong start to the tournament, his durability eventually impacted his play and fell farther away from the leaderboard as the tournament progressed. He ended up finishing in 47th place with a 13-over 301.

The 2022 edition of the PGA Championship will take place at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma from May 19-22.

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Ja Morant expected to miss rest of playoffs with bone bruise in knee

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The Memphis Grizzlies’ already slim hopes of advancing past the second round just got slimmer.

According to reports, the Grizzlies star is likely to be sidelined for the remainder of the postseason after suffering a bone bruise in his right knee.

He sustained the injury after colliding with guard Jordan Poole during the fourth quarter of the team’s 142-112 blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their second round series over the weekend.

Morant, who already missed Game 4 due to the injury, has averaged 27.1, 9.8 assists and 8.0 rebounds in nine games this postseason.

The second seed Grizzlies currently trail the Warriors 3-1, and will face elimination heading into Game 5 tonight at 930pm/ET.

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