The Los Angeles Lakers have another disappointing season. Who is responsible for this? Frank Vogel? Players? Rob Pelinka? Magic Johnson watched the Lakers lose games and he has something to say about Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis.
Yes, Russ is at the end of one of the worst seasons in his great NBA career. He has great stats, but these numbers didn’t help the Lakers secure their spot in the playoffs. Fans call him “Westbrick” and they want him out of the team. Well, Johnson wouldn’t agree on this one.
“I think they have to bring it (the Big Three) back,” Johnson said. “That’s number one because you can’t attach a first-round pick to Westbrook and try to get him out, right? He actually played a lot better the last three weeks and so I think AD is right. Health did play a part of it, but the other part of it, we played bad basketball and the players didn’t fit and we didn’t have a winning mindset and attitude. That really bothered me. Mentally and physically, we just didn’t give us 150 percent every single night out on that court, and so if they gonna run it back, these guys first gotta be committed. Forget those commercials and all the things that I think really sidetracked us as well and commit to each other and commit to playing the game the right way. We couldn’t get stops.”
Magic Johnson has an advice for Russell Westbrook
Johnson made a few good comments. Westbrook is averaging 18.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 7.1 assists on the season. He is shooting 44.4% from the field, 29.4% from beyond the arc, and 66.5% from the free-throw line. Well, he also leads the league in turnovers.
Leaving the Lakers may not be a good option for Westbrook. Johnson has a suggestion for the team and both superstars on Pelinka’s roster.
“Russell, you gotta take responsibility, accountability and say, ‘Hey, I didn’t play great for four, five months.’ AD, you gotta change. You gotta stay healthy,” Johnson said. “Or the Lakers gotta say, ‘Man, after next season, if you ain’t stay healthy, they gotta look at you and say maybe you should be somewhere else.’ Because they need you on the court, not in your clothes sitting on the bench. So I think he’s gotta change some things.
“LeBron was great, had a great season and then we gotta change the role players. I feel sorry for LeBron. To put up this type of season, these type of numbers and then we’re probably not gonna be even in the play-in game. This was a wasted season for LeBron.”