‘Perfect Match’: Why Former Lakers Champion James Worthy Approves Russell Westbrook’s Addition to the Team

Published 09/08/2021, 10:29 AM EDT
May 8, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) drives to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Doug McSchooler-USA TODAY Sports


The LA city is more than excited to watch veteran guard Russell Westbrook wearing the purple-gold jersey. Superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis have found their third partner to form a power-packed offense.

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In the recent trading season, the Lakers were quite busy building a star team for the upcoming season. Westbrook signed a $44 million contract and also holds a player option worth over $47 million for next season. And that’s the entry of the Lakers’ starting point guard for the 2021-22 season.

Jun 1, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against the Phoenix Suns in the first half during game five in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

All-star Russell Westbrook is a huge welcome to Lakers, says James Worthy

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In a recent conversation, former Lakers player James Worthy shared how elated he is with Russell Westbrook‘s arrival. The 3-time NBA champion says Westbbrook’s suitable for teaming up with Bron and AD.

James told – “Russell Westbrook is a huge welcome to the Los Angeles Lakers. What we’re gonna get with Russell is what LeBron has been needing for some time…Competitive player, been in the league long enough to know exactly where he is and what he needs to do…He’s the perfect match for this team, his mentality is contagious. The way he plays every night. He doesn’t take a minute off. He’s gonna bring so much to the table.”

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Westbrook’s pumped-up attire matches the Lakers roster in every aspect. The newly-formed Big 3 has expectations on their shoulder for the next season. Considering the injury-plagued last season, LA is hungry for a championship yet again. And this time, they have Westbrook onboard for that.

Westbrook and the Lakers are working towards a championship season

In his recent IG story, the former MVP was seen sweating out in his training session with his typical dunks on the run. Westbrook is getting all set and aiming for his career’s first ring. The 32-YO is back in his hometown and that will make it quite welcoming for him in the Staples Center.

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With Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard leading the bench, the Lakers have formed a deep roster. Experienced, veteran, and dominating in nature, Frank Vogel is up for coaching a star-studded lineup. How well will Westbrook stick with the Lakers? Let us know in the comments.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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