Kobe Bryant leaps to defence of Russell Westbrook after media backlash

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Kobe Bryant took to social media today to make it clear that he stands behind Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook after this year's All-Star MVP came under fire from the media.

Making a point

Westbrook racked up 54-points on Sunday night vs the Indiana Pacers but his efforts - which ended up being in vein as the Thunder dropped the crucial game 116-104 - have drawn criticism in some quarters after the stats showed the MVP candidate took 43 field goal attempts on the night.

Bryant, a man who has been called out for shooting too much throughout his NBA career, had a simple message for those looking to condemn the OKC star. Those people are wrong.

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Kobe Bryant's show of support, as is the way in today's modern world, came in the form of a meme posted on his official Twitter account:

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The Lakers star is a long time admirer of Russell Westbrook and clearly didn't take kindly to the media's barbs on a night the 26-year-old hit a career high points total.

With Westbrook having been virtually carrying the Thunder in recent weeks in their bid to clinch an NBA playoff berth - as Kobe has done several times in LA down the years - the choice by some to call out the superstar for his perceived selfishness was perhaps a little harsh.

Similar character

Kobe Bryant built a hugely successful career despite sections of the media seeming to have a vendetta against him. In reacting to the most criticism of his own game, Westbrook had a similar response to his older peer.

"I don't really give a damn what nobody thinks," Westbrook said after one reporter asked if he thought he'd taken too many shots.

"I really don't care. Every night I go out there and compete more than anybody else in this league."

Too much?

Whether Russell Westbrook has been overly eager in taking aim at the basket remains up for debate. The same too can be said about Oklahoma City's chances of competing in the postseason.

After the loss to Indiana the Thunder find themselves outside the top eight in the West. They share an identical 43-37 record with the New Orleans Pelicans with just two games remaining.

It will be interesting to see how many shots Westbrook takes as the team goes in search of two crucial wins.

What do you think NBA fans? Does Westbrook take too many shots? Or is Kobe Bryant right to call out the over-critical media? Let us know in the comments section below...

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