Russell Westbrook Reveals How it Has Been Playing With LeBron James and Anthony Davis In Practice

Published 09/30/2021, 1:16 AM EDT
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The Los Angeles Lakers made headlines on draft day as they signed Russell Westbrook from Washington. Now with training camp underway, Westbrook can figure out how he works with Anthony Davis and LeBron James on the floor. Thankfully for the Lakers, things are looking good right now.

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There was a heated debate on how Russ would fit with LeBron, as both players are primary ball handlers. However, Brodie knew they would work something out. And now, it seems like Westbrook is settling down with his new teammates and is looking forward to a successful season at the age of 32.

SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: #23 Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Westbrook is confident playing with LeBron James and Anthony Davis

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As much as we know Russ, his confidence always shines through. While fans and analysts have been skeptical about Westbrook fitting in with LeBron and AD, it looks like the three are off to a good start. Westbrook knew he had something to gain from this partnership and now it seems like the three Laker all-stars have come to an understanding.

Westbrook said: “I see a lot more now, a lot more things that we can do with each other. So many different options and we’re going to figure it out. I just can’t wait to get on the floor when the season starts with these guys and just have fun. You know ultimately that’s the ultimate when you play this game. Alot of the times people get caught up in all the hoopla and everything else and forget to have fun. And the ultimate goal is to have fun with each other, create a brotherhood and win a championship.”

This is great news for Lakers fans. To see that their three main stars are on the same page and willing to work towards achieving greatness. With so many new faces joining in, it is important for the Lakers to have a clear sense of each players’ role for the season. Hence, it is great to see that Westbrook, LeBron James, and AD willing to make adjustments for the greater good of the team.

So who’s going to be responsible for what? What can their roles be?

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How will the Lakers look for the season?

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One major upside for LA is that they have many playmakers this season. This will allow LeBron to play a much more natural role. With news that he and Anthony Davis will start at their original positions, it’s safe to assume there will be a change in play style for them.

DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by Aaron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

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The Lakers have reliable scorers along with some clever playmakers. Westbrook and Rajon Rondo will be the primary playmakers for them. While Russ was the leader in assists last year with 11 assists per game, Rondo, although past his prime, is an exceptional facilitator as well.

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This could mean that LeBron James and Davis will take a much more aggressive role on the scoring end this season. Russ will take his shots down and focus on being a facilitator for his team. Do you think this system can work out for the purple and gold? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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