‘Heard it Before’: LeBron James Silences Critics Over Fit With Russell Westbrook in Some Style

Published 10/01/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
Sep 28, 2021; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) answers questions during media day at the UCLA Health and Training Center in El Segundo, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James is arguably the greatest player of all time. While James is very humble for a player of his stature, he is not at all reserved in psychologically defeating the media narrative about his team’s performances. His confidence indicates his trust in the abilities of his teammates to adapt to his style of play.

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Recently, he shut down the narrative questioning his chemistry with Russell Westbrook with a display of confidence. Subsequently, he referred to the time he joined his close friend, Dwyane Wade, in Miami Heat. And how that is a lesson from the past that his critics should remember about.

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LeBron James defends Westbrook’s fit in the roster against criticism

LeBron James gave a classic example of how the media should not criticize the coming together of two primary playmakers. He said the last time he did that in Miami with Dwyane Wade; he won two championships. So history speaks for itself about what LeBron can do with another primary playmaker.

I’ve heard it before. When I decided to go to Miami they first thing they said was ‘LeBron and DWade don’t mix, there’s no way they can play together…’ so I mean we know what happened with that,” said James.

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They have both stated that they will not be selfish with the ball. So, if organizational goals come first for both icons, what’s stopping them from winning a championship?

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Most fans believe that while Westbrook is a dominant player, he might need to alter his style to fit in with the Lakers. However, both the stars have admitted that they feel confident about their fit together just as they are. LeBron previously admitted that Russell does not need to change anything to fit in the roster. Do you think this duo will help lead the Lakers to a championship?

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Sep 28, 2021; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) answers questions during media day at the UCLA Health and Training Center in El Segundo, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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