After all of the hypothesis about Russell Westbrook’s position in Darvin Ham’s system, it seems he may have extra of the identical perform as final season. The LA Lakers will proceed to ask the previous MVP to remodel his recreation into one thing he was horrible at earlier than.
Within the Lakers’ preseason recreation towards the Minnesota Timberwolves, Westbrook appeared very very similar to final season as he struggled. Chris Broussard, on First Issues First, is satisfied that what occurred was solely a preview of what’s coming:
“It is a harbinger of what’s to come back. Russell Westbrook shouldn’t be constructed to be a job participant and that’s what they’re asking him to be. Final evening, in 25 minutes, he took three pictures. They need Russ to be a job participant and I believe he’s honest.
“I believe he’s gonna strive, I believe he’s gonna say the correct issues however he doesn’t have the mentality, the make-up, and even the ability set. It’s gonna come out in physique language, facial expressions, and sighs.”
Russell Westbrook stated all the correct issues when Darvin Ham was named the brand new head coach. It was a far cry from his opinion concerning the staff’s former shot-caller, Frank Vogel, who he blamed for his struggles final season.
Westbrook has echoed Ham’s push to have accountability and sacrifice as a part of the Lakers’ identities to bounce again subsequent season. In a couple of of LA’s preseason video games, ‘Russ’ has reverted to a few of his previous, unhealthy habits. These identical habits finally pressured Vogel to bench him in essential stretches of sure video games.
The frustrations of not getting any rhythm in the end boiled over into one huddle the place Westbrook barely acknowledged Patrick Beverley’s try to assemble the staff. Whereas he dismissed it as nothing greater than the media overblowing the entire incident, Laker Nation will hardly be appeased by the reason.
Russell Westbrook vowed in the beginning of final season to make an influence even with out the ball. He failed in that regard and in addition butted heads with Frank Vogel on the position he was requested to play for the staff.
The LA Lakers have a brand new head coach, a brand new system and a retooled roster. But when the Lakers function the identical previous Russell Westbrook, they could come up brief once more to even make the playoffs.
Russell Westbrook insists he’s “a real staff participant”
Russell Westbrook has supplied one other sound byte which will hang-out him by the tip of subsequent season. After the huddle video went viral, he defined after the staff’s apply what that was all about:
“I’ve been within the league for years, man. I believe they simply lower the video and clearly, the web will take and run with no matter they should run with … I don’t pay no thoughts to it, man. I simply attempt to compete and do my job. You possibly can lower any video and it’s lower than me to have the ability to choose that. I do know I’m a real staff participant.”
‘Russ’ may defend his actions in any manner he desires. However except he embraces his position and performs considerably higher than final yr, that video and his clarification about it may chunk him later.
The LA Lakers will give the previous MVP each alternative to succeed. It’s as much as him to tackle the problem and really imply what he simply stated.