It looks like the Lakers are getting more and more comfortable (To use the words of Dan Woike of the LA Times) at least with the idea of starting the season with him. I’m looking for the trade that drove Westbrook out of town. The Lakers are ready to enter training camp with Westbrook a key role.Latest reports along those lines I’m from Mark Steinwho reports that Westbrook will be attending lebron james‘Traditional pre-season mini-camp.
Rumor has it that another Lakers minicamp is likely coming soon, and Russell Westbrook may actually be in attendance.The pre-camp gathering attended by LeBron and his fellow purple-and-gold veterans represents a key step in the Lakers’ efforts to overcome all the tensions that bubbled up in last season’s rocky 33-49 campaign, with James Anthony Davis Westbrook and newly acquired Patrick Beverley Before Lakers report first practice under new coach Durbin Ham September 26th.
No, the Lakers aren’t going to do Westbrook the way the Rockets did John Wall I asked him to leave the team last season.
…Two well-placed sources say the Lakers are very strongly opposed to the concept of sending Westbrook home like John Wall did in Houston last season if no trade is found for him. Sources claim that Hamm is determined to establish Westbrook’s true role if he remains with the Lakers.
Westbrook and his Lakers teammates are trying to heal wounds from last season, including what Westbrook and Patrick Beverley have been talking about lately (their beef goes back nearly a decade).
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— Patrick Beverly (@patbev21) August 31, 2022
starts with At the first press conference of new manager Durbin Hamm To Team Owner/Governor Jeanie Buss Through that Beverly tweet, everyone at the Lakers is saying the right thing about bringing back Westbrook and finding him a functioning role. , everyone is optimistic and promises to do whatever it takes to win.
However, saying all the right things and doing them can be two different things. The Lakers and Westbrook have two big problems this season.
First, Westbrook willing to accept a roleWould he be willing to decoy in a corner or work out from a dunker’s place in clutch minutes so as not to crowd the lanes for LeBron or Anthony Davis? How well can Westblood defend? And what if Hamm benches him for the first time at Clutch to bring Beverley and a better defender onto the court?
Second, what happens when adversity strikes? When the losses pile up, anyone who is saying the right things can be quickly slammed.His first six games for the Lakers include defending his champion Warriors and ultimately a healthy Clippers his team It’s one of the favorites to come out of the Westtwo games against Nikola Jokic and a finally healthy Nuggets, and an even better Timberwolves. How would everyone in the locker room react if the Lakers got off to a slow start?
The Lakers will also have to answer other questions, such as whether Westbrook will remain with the team past the trade deadline.