There is no shortage of ways to prove it Russell WestbrookThe first season with the Los Angeles Lakers was a disaster, but Jenny Boss delivered another on Tuesday.
in An interview with Athletic’s Sam Amic, the controlling Lakers owner made a somewhat outlandish claim about Westbrook’s first year in Los Angeles. She said he was the Lakers’ best player, citing his level of effort and ability to stay on the field.
“All I can say is that, in my view, he (Westbrook) was our best player last year. He played pretty much every game, attended, worked hard. You know, I would have loved to see what this team would have looked like if they had stayed healthy. Good. It’s really hard to win when Anthony Davis isn’t on the field. LeBron has been hurt a lot in the season. But Ross has been showing up every game and playing hard every night. And you know, I really appreciate him for who he is and what he brings to the team.”
To put it politely, Lakers fans would disagree with that statement.
Westbrook was the Lakers’ biggest thunderbolt in a turbulent season, acquired in hopes of introducing a third star alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but ultimately proved to be a terrible match for the team’s roster. With the ball out of his hands more often when James was playing, Westbrook’s long-established flaws – his historically awful 3-point shot, ugly turnarounds, and fierce defense – became even more apparent. The apparent feud with Frank Vogel since he was fired hasn’t helped.
The season was so bad that Boss’ comment legitimately confused your mom, who reached out to Boss after the interview to make sure she meant what she said:
Yes, as you might imagine, I did double duty when Jenny shared her view that Westbrook was the best the Lakers had last season. By most accounts — including your own — his debut season with the Lakers was an insurmountable disaster.
So after the interview was over, when I realized I had failed to follow up quickly enough to get complete clarity about this stunning photo, I decided to send a note to Buss asking if that was her actual belief.
“The word I should have used was ‘consistent,'” she wrote via text message. “He played 78 games last season.”
For better or for worse, the Boss is right. Westbrook was consistent.
Russell Westbrook has been really consistent. Now the Lakers want him to change
Last season, the Lakers often found themselves playing without James and/or Davis, while Westbrook was on the field and sure enough, challenging himself in nearly every game. It clearly didn’t work, for myriad reasons.
Whether that will be true next season is up to the Lakers and, ultimately, Westbrook.
While The Lakers have considered trading Westbrookno team jumped at the chance of getting the base and His salary of 47 million dollars next season. Meanwhile, James and Davis She met up with Westbrook and vowed to try to make things workas you wish, while new Lakers coach Darvin Hamm spoke Changing Westbrook’s role in the team And the redoubled his defense efforts.
It all sounds cute, but the awkward truth is that Westbrook is 33 years old and has faced this criticism for a while. Even as he changed his team three times in the past four years, Westbrook has stayed the same, only steadily getting worse as he ventures on the wrong side of the 30. Perhaps Hamm really has this quality and the Lakers leadership wins, but Westbrook is expected to accept a smaller role and become more Potency resembles Charlie Brown’s willingness to kick a soccer ball at this point.
Outside of Westbrook, the Lakers have rearranged their roster with acquisitions including Patrick Beverly, Looney Walker IV, Damian Jones, Thomas Bryant and Juan Toscano Anderson. It’s, in general, at least a younger group, but we’ll see if it works better with the healthy Westbrook, Davis and James.