Oscar Robertson With Optimism on Russell Westbrook: “But He’s Gonna Figure It Out, He Is a Good Athlete. Smart Athletes Always Figure Out the Best Way to Get There.”

Published 12/22/2021, 10:57 PM EST
Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after a basket during the first half against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA off-season was a wild ride for many teams. However, the biggest move by far was Russell Westbrook joining the Los Angeles Lakers. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to perform as per the expectations, and trade talks are swarming over Russ. Former triple-double leader Oscar Robertson believes patience is the way to go for both parties.

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Westbrook is a dynamic guard who can produce in every place. He is one of the best rebounding guards in the history of the sport. Taking over the mantle of the triple-double leader last season, Westbrook joined the Lakers in hopes of competing for a chip. Looking at the way that things are going, the Lakers are far off that mark. Many are blaming Westbrook for not fitting in.

However, he has NBA Legend Oscar Robertson’s trust who believes that Westbrook will work it out.

Oscar Robertson believes in Russell Westbrook

With the way that things have played out so far, it is safe to say the Lakers and Russ aren’t on the same page. Westbrook is yet to find a true role in the franchise. Hence, he isn’t looking like a great fit to most eyes.

However, Oscar Robertson believes that Russ is a smart athlete and he will figure things out. Moreover, he also thinks the Lakers have their way to go as well.

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He said: “I think there’s some things Russ is doing that’s great, some things he’s doing that’s not so great. But he’s gonna figure it out, he is a good athlete. Smart athletes always figure out the best way to get there. And I think he has his way to go. The whole team has a way to go to be honest.”

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Nov 24, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) argues a call in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

With Westbrook being the superstar addition, the blame is likely to go on his shoulder. He is yet to see his clear role, but it isn’t his fault. The Lakers have been hit with constant injuries which have forced Westbrook to adapt to different roles, and he has done a great job at it.

As a third scoring option, Russell Westbrook is putting up 19.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game. He has also cut down on his turnovers and increased his efficiency. He has made major sacrifices with LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the floor, and there is no doubt he will do what it takes to make things work.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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