Only two games in his new destination has it taken Russell Westbrook to awaken the ira of its most staunch critics. The Los Angeles Lakers point guard has not had the desired start in the preseason, where he is setting a rather gray performance: 5.0 points, with 21% in shots from the field and 7.5 turnovers per game.
While LeBron James noted that they are devising an entirely new collective system to accommodate all the new pieces, the four losses in four games suffered by the Lakers have prompted some backlash from fans and analysts.
As is customary for him, Westbrook did not hold his tongue and responded to his critics defiantly. “I hope you have that same energy when I make twenty assists in a game,” said the All-Star as collects the journalist Jovan Buha. “Oh, it’s fine. Turnovers are on me. But the good thing is that they don’t count. They simply depend on me. Easy solution. »
NBA stars often have to deal with the responsibility to always perform at a high level to satisfy those around you. A situation that becomes dire in the case of Westbrook, one of those players who arouses love and hate in equal parts.
On this occasion, such an early criticism in a phase of adjustments and experiments will only serve to fuel the competitive fuel of Westbrook and the Lakers themselves.
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