Kendrick Perkins Issues Bold Challenge to Lakers Russell Westbrook
September 13, 2022
The Los Angeles Lakers are in the middle of a really challenging offseason. The franchise failed to make the NBA Finals again and the front office has to plan the next move. Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka traded for Patrick Beverley, but he has a bigger issue to deal with. NBA analysts have shared their thoughts on recent Lakers’ struggles, and honestly, Pelinka will be super busy in the next couple of months. Former NBA players advised the Lakers to make a drastic change to the roster. Kendrick Perkins has something to say about Russell Westbrook and his situation in LA.
Kendrick Perkins trusts Russell Westbrook, calls him ‘most atheltic point guard’
Adding Beverley was a bold move. He has a history with Westbrook and they may not thrive together. Lakers head coach Darvin Ham plans to use Beverley and Westbrook in the lineup. Guess what… Perkins believes that they can work together, too.
“Everybody keeps talking about the offensive end. And I get it, the spacing, and is Russell Westbrook going to be able to knock down corner three-point shots? Is he going to buy in to playing off the ball? But, I’m listening to what Darvin Ham has already challenged Russell Westbrook on, and that’s being a defensive guy and having one of the best defensive seasons of his career.
“In my opinion, Russell Westbrook is the most athletic point guard to ever play the game of basketball. Do you know how many All-Defensive Teams has made in his NBA career? Zero. So, if I’m Russell Westbrook, I’m having the mindset coming into the season that my goal should be to make an All-Defensive team.”
Westbrook and Beverley can build an elite duo and help the Lakers make the playoffs. Russ is one of the most successful players in the NBA and he is also an excellent contributor. He has yet to request a trade from the Lakers, but knows that the team is looking for a trade partner. The Lakers are trying their chances with other teams and they may soon find the best destination for the one-time NBA MVP.
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.