Russell Westbrook didn’t have a good first season with the Los Angeles Lakers and fans were a bit frustrated. He is one of the most competitive veterans on the basketball court, but his skills couldn’t help the Lakers make the playoffs. There were too many rumors about Westbrook’s future with the Lakers. He wasn’t traded in the offseason despite the loud chatter. Rob Pelinka and Darvin Ham seem to have found way to get the best of Westbrook.
Fans called him Westbrick. It was that bad. Westbrook didn’t want his family to attend home games and witness all the disrespect he was getting.
Russell Westbrook won’t disappoint Lakers fans again
The one-time NBA MVP made huge comments in his convo with Kyle Goon of the Orange County Register. I guess Lakers fans will be super surprised. Westbrook said he is a good shooter. This statement will sure shock doubters!
“I know I’m a good shooter, and I’m very confident in myself and my ability to shoot the basketball,” Westbrook said. “Just continue working on my craft as I always have, and take good shots. The quality of shots is important. Making sure I’m not taking the bad ones is something I try to emphasize, attacking the basket.”
The Lakers traded for Westbrook and he was supposed to be the third player behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis. His stats were great, but Westbrook finished second in turnovers. The Lakers contacted several teams and received several offers. Pelinka turned down trade offers and kept his veteran on the roster.
Darvin Ham has a plan for Brodie
Ham trusts Westbrook and plans to use him in the starting lineup. The veteran faces big challenge this season and he is ready to give his best.
“Definitely different,” Westbrook said. “Just the ability to be able to get in the open floor, attack with space, take my time. Miss or make, shots will come as the season prolongs. But just get in that rhythm and know that I can get to any spot that I want to and get in-rhythm shots for sure, so far.”
Westbrook will have to join forces with LeBron, AD, Patrick Beverley and the rest of the guys this season. It’s a challenging season for everyone, but the pressure will only motivate them to try harder than usual.
“My speed sometimes speeds me up and lets me get to a place fast,” Westbrook said. “But my patience and understanding of my spacing and my spots are important to my efficiency and how I can improve in finishing around the rim, making shots and not rushing.”