Ben Simmons repeatedly called ‘Russell Westbrook’ in viral prank video

Awkward.

Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons was browsing at a candy store when he was approached by comedian Gerald Huston, who repeatedly called him Russell Westbrook, the Lakers’ point guard, in a viral video.

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“Oh my God. It’s you, bro!” Guston said in the clip, which was posted to the comedian’s verified Instagram account.

“Russell Westbrook, bro! Russell Westbrook, bro! Oh my God, bro!”

Simmons appeared unfazed by the commentary at first, and pounded fists with Guston.

However, when Guston continued to call Simmons by the wrong name, the All-Star guard repeatedly said, “Don’t play with me.”

Guston continued to press Simmons and said, “I ain’t playing with you bro. Russell Westbrook bro. Can’t shoot bro. I’m sorry, bro!”

The comedian appeared to reference Simmons’ shooting struggles and Westbrook’s historically poor offensive debut with the Lakers last season.

Simmons appeared to be accompanied at the candy store by two males who exchanged words with Guston before he exited the store.

“Omg I met Russell Westbrook,” Guston wrote in the caption of his Instagram post.

The comedian — who boasts over 1 million Instagram followers — has separate videos on his Instagram that show him approaching other athletes in a similar manner, including former Knick Kevin Knox.

In a separate video, Guston approached former Lakers star Lamar Odom and called him Kevin Garnett.

Ben Simmons of the Brooklyn Nets. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPSource: AFP

Simmons, meanwhile, is training in New York and continuing his recovery from back surgery he underwent in May.

“After consultation with multiple back specialists, it has been determined that the best course of action for Ben’s long-term health is for him to undergo surgery,” the Nets revealed in May.

“The microdiscectomy procedure, scheduled for Thursday, is designed to alleviate pain caused by the herniated disc in Ben’s back.

“Further updates will be provided following the procedure.”

The Nets acquired Simmons in February from the Sixers in a blockbuster trade for James Harden.

The 201cm Australian has yet to play for Brooklyn, sitting out all last season due to a back injury and mental health issues.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission

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