I wrote in depth about how Russell Westbrook’s arrival does more than just fix a positional need for the Lakers.
His high motor work ethic is necessary for their championship aspirations and his presence may enable the best version of Anthony Davis.https://t.co/x93ddHl8sz
— Vinay Killawala (@vkillem) September 8, 2021
Russell Westbrook’s arrival in LA does more than fix a positional need, it adds a type of mentality and effort that will be welcomed with open arms.
Russell Westbrook’s arrival in Los Angeles feels like destiny. The hometown kid finally coming home after thirteen seasons feels like a chapter in a story that has been long overdue. The former league MVP arrives to a team insistent on a floor leader outside of LeBron James and there may not be a personality better than Russell to take on that responsibility. He has collected the honor of winning the NBA’s Assist Title last season and has captured it in three of the past four seasons.
The Lakers musical chair experience of “who will run the offense when LeBron sits on the bench” has been one with many mixed results. Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso, Talen Horton-Tucker, Dennis Schroder, and even Dion Waiters have all had reps at the role and while the Lakers were able to capture a championship, it is an important position the team has tried to fulfill.
With Westbrook rostered, the expectations of a high motored competitive spirit from the fanbase will be relished in Russ’ personality. It is hard to quantify how much of a difference a personality like Westbrook’s can impact a locker room but as a noted stickler for accountability, Russ has made it very apparent that his audacious nature doesn’t go without self-reflection.