Russell Westbrook has had a forgettable year with the Los Angeles Lakers this season, and many pundits have criticized his style of play and fit with the team. Currently, Russell Westbrook is just putting up 18.1 PPG, 7.7 RPG, and 7.3 APG on the season.
Unquestionably, Russell Westbrook is still a solid point guard, but he has not been able to make things work next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis. There have also been suggestions that Russell Westbrook’s role in the team needs to change. However, it seems as though Russell Westbrook is opposed to changing his role on the team.
Marc Stein Claims There Is “Tension” Inside The LA Lakers Camp
NBA insider Marc Stein has recently said that “there has been no shortage of defiance” from Russell Westbrook “when coaches and teammates have tried to broach changes in role or approach” with him. It seems as though there is also “tension” in the locker room, and Stein believed that it is “impossible” to bring Russell Westbrook back to the Lakers next season because of the afore mentioned tensions.
Marc stated, “Jousting with reporters in press conferences is apparently not the lone source of pushback these days from under-fire guard Russell Westbrook. There has been no shortage of defiance behind the scenes, I’m told, when coaches and teammates have tried to broach changes in role or approach with the former MVP. For all the obvious complexities involved in trying to move Westbrook when he’s owed a whopping $47 million next season at age 34, one league source described the idea of bringing him back next season as “impossible” based on current tension levels. The question then becomes: If the Lakers can’t construct a palatable trade, do they try to just buy Westbrook out? Or waive and stretch him?”
The Los Angeles Lakers are currently 28-35, and they are the 9th seed in the Western Conference. They are a play-in tier team and could make the playoffs, but there’s also a possibility that they could miss to qualify for the playoffs if they don’t get back to their winning ways.
The Los Angeles Lakers would surely be seeking some improvement from Russell Westbrook if they are to keep their playoffs hopes alive, and perhaps we’ll see some change in his approach in the upcoming matches.