Russell Westbrook Believes He Can Change His Ball Dominant Playstyle to Play Alongside LeBron James

Published 08/11/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Dec 23, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) dribbles at center court against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers are stacked for the next season with Russell Westbrook joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the starting five. It’s a long list of key players including Carmelo Anthony as well who recently signed with the team. The question is, how will the Lakers align their game with a plethora of talent on their plate?

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This trading season, the Lakers acquired All-star Russell Westbrook from Washington Wizards. The deal took place in exchange for Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, and the first round No. 22 draft pick.

Now that Westbrook has packed his bags to Los Angeles, the team plan will require amends with three dominating players on the court. The Lakers super team in the making seems to be accommodating while splitting responsibilities and playing together.

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May 15, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) gets a high five from forward Anthony Davis (3) after a foul in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook wants to work with LeBron James in a synchronous manner

Westbrook, who will be the starting point guard from next season, says he is willing to make an impact even without the ball in his hands. James and Davis are expectedly going to switch few positions with Westbrook coming in. However, with three massive players on the run, sacrifice will be key for winning games.

After the trade was officially announced, Russell Westbrook made an appearance in the press conference. Talking about LeBron’s role in the game, he said – “I’m coming to a championship-caliber team and my job is to make sure that I’m able to make his game easier for him and I’ll find ways to do that throughout the game.”

“As it pertains to ball-handling and all that, it really doesn’t matter. There’s many different ways you can impact the game without having the ball in your hands and I’ve been able to do that for many years and we’ll figure it out.”

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Lakers are making changes in the team plan for upcoming season

Westbrook has been in a similar situation before with James Harden in Houston Rockets. And he had rightly stamped his presence on the court despite another dominating player alongside. This time around, LeBron James, who usually sets the stage for the Lakers will be taking a step closer to the power forward position while Anthony Davis will most likely play as a center.

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The Lakers veteran bunch is getting closer to the next season with ease and comfort. Three phenomenal players will be making an appearance this time in the purple-gold jerseys. However, we are yet to see if Frank Vogel will be able to customize these changes in 2021-22.

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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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