From the day Russell Westbrook put on his Lakers uniform and went out on the LA field, all eyes were on him. This means that everything he has done will be amplified in the world, especially his mistakes. Westbrook would no longer be known for his triple-doubles, but for his shooting troubles.
In the 2021-22 season, there were a lot of ups and downs for the Lakers, but Russell Westbrook was almost always in the starting lineup. Westbrook had to play several games without the support of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Every time Westbrook made a mistake, it was on him. If he misses a blow, he should prepare for the ensuing wave of criticism.
However, even if there are people who do not appreciate the NBA All-Star, some do. According to Bill Plaschke on the Doug Gottlieb Show, Phil Jackson likes Westbrook and wants to know more about him.
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“I heard that Phil would like LeBron to trade. I just heard that, but I have nothing to say. There is no recorded thing to support them. I know Phil would like to keep Westbrook and he’s trying to work with him. “
Without focusing on the idea of exchanging with LeBron James, if Phil Jackson could have taken the time to work with Westbrook, this could lead to real improvements. Westbrook can be difficult, but he also has a lot of potential as an athlete. After all, Russ is a former MVP in the league, a nine-time All-NBA player and a member of the NBA’s 75th anniversary team.
Having a head coach who is willing to overcome adversity and do his best to work with their players may be exactly what the Lakers need.
The search for a head coach continues, but there could be a lot of positive changes since Phil Jackson was hired.