Thunder legend put on blast following reaction to Dan Hurley, Lakers report

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Former OKC Thunder superstar and current LA Clippers guard Russell Westbrook is receiving some serious backlash after a simple reaction to a social media post went viral on Monday afternoon.

As those familiar with the NBA world are likely already aware, earlier in the day ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that hotly rumored Lakers head coaching candidate Dan Hurley has officially rejected the club's reported offer of six-years, $70 million to patrol the sidelines and, in turn, is heading back to UConn "to chase a third straight national title."

Said news has subsequently made its way through the media verse, which includes social platforms such as Instagram, and, in reaction to said report, Westbrook dropped a like on ESPN's post on the matter.

Though something that easily could be overlooked by the general public, it appears Lakers fans have taken offense to the act from their former point guard.

Thunder legend Russell Westbrook put on blast for social media activity

One user accused the ex-Thunder and Lakers guard of being "petty" with his decision to drop a like on the Hurley news.

Another went as far as to claim that he'd rather have an overabundance of Los Angeles' former head coach, Darvin Ham, in tow than to see Westbrook "play a single minute" for his former team.

One user seemed to have taken Westbrook's like as an indication that he simply has zero love for the Lakers since being traded in 2023.

After departing from the Thunder during the summer of 2019 and having brief one-year stints with the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards, respectively, Westbrook made his way over to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2021.

During his tenure donning the purple and gold threads, he would find himself sporting solid on-paper averages of 17.4 points, 7.2 assists, and 6.9 rebounds, though failed to fully mesh with the championship-hopeful club, as he registered the worst box plus-minus of his career (-1.1) and, ultimately, even went on to lose his starting job throughout his one-and-a-half year stay.

During his stay, Los Angeles accumulated an overall record of 58-79 and, in his lone full season, missed out on playoff contention.

To say his time spent with the organization was a major upset and wildly underwhelming could actually be considered an understatement. He wound up being traded to and subsequently bought out by the Utah Jazz in February of 2023, where he would then sign with the club's inner-city rival, the Clippers.