Russell Westbrook’s hometown return continues in a brand new jersey and sport

Russell Westbrook can now add pitcher to his already spectacular athletic résumé.

In honor of Lakers Day at Dodger Stadium, the brand new Los Angeles Lakers guard continued his homecoming by tossing the primary pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. The New York Mets defeated the Dodgers 7-2.

A Lengthy Seaside, California native, Westbrook lately returned to his roots due to a commerce from the Washington Wizards, who acquired Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a first-round choose in alternate for the 2016-17 NBA MVP. Immediately marked the primary time the 32-year previous Westbrook tossed out the primary pitch for his hometown workforce. He was drafted fourth total in 2008 after spending two seasons with the UCLA Bruins, with whom he earned third-team All-Pac-10 honors and was named Pac-10 Defensive Participant of the 12 months.

The NBA’s all-time chief in triple-doubles (184) spent 11 seasons with the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder earlier than one-year stops with the Houston Rockets and Wizards. Westbrook has made the playoffs in every of the previous six seasons.

It is solely proper for the defending World Sequence champions to ask Los Angeles’ latest star to scratch one other athletic feat off his bucket checklist.

Previous to the sport, Westbrook caught up with Dodgers All-Star right-fielder Mookie Betts. The latter gained his second profession World Sequence ring final 12 months with the Dodgers after profitable his first with the Boston Purple Sox in 2018.

In accordance with Elias Sports activities Bureau analysis, Betts grew to become solely the fourth athlete in MLB, NBA, NFL or NHL historical past to win a title with each Los Angeles and Boston-based groups. Westbrook and Betts have mixed for 2 league MVP awards and 14 All-Star choices over their respective careers.

Curiously sufficient, Westbrook is not the one lively Laker to toss a primary pitch for the Dodgers.

No, not LeBron James.

Two years in the past, Anthony Davis moved West and donned Dodger Blue earlier than making his Lakers debut.

Westbrook joins the Lakers searching for his first NBA championship. Los Angeles was eradicated within the first spherical of this 12 months’s NBA Playoffs after profitable its seventeenth title in 2020, tying the Boston Celtics for essentially the most in NBA historical past.

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