Before the match against the Nuggets (lost), the long of the Lakers intervened in defense of Russell Westbrook.
This content is taken from an article by Aditya Mohapatra for Fadeway World, translated into Italian by Alberto Pucci for Around the Game.
THE Los Angeles Lakers they started their season in a bad way, losing four games in a row. Despite the excellent defensive numbers, the team seemed very limited offensively. Last in the League in terms of three-point shooting, at present the yellow-purple attack seems decidedly dysfunctional compared to what its purpose should be: to put Anthony Davis and LeBron James in the conditions to perform at its best.
Among the most discussed elements, in all this, there is always Russell Westbrook. His start to the season is undoubtedly to be defined as horrendous, and his fit with the rest of the team is – not from today – definitely revisable. Add last year’s missed Playoffs to the cauldron, and that’s why many analysts and fans are calling for a trade for Westbrook, arguing that with this roster the Lakers are doomed to a disappointing year like last year.
Despite the multiplication of concerns and market rumors, however, Anthony Davis he wanted to intervene in front of the media in defense of his teammate, after the recent attacks received on social media by Westbrook. According to AD, the team unconditionally supports Russell:
“We saw it already last year. I don’t imagine what it is for him… but as a partner and as an organization, we fully support him and try to make sure he doesn’t spend too much time thinking about everything that is said about him. If he thinks about it, things will only get worse for him, while we want to keep him in a safe space. Today he was smiling and we want him to know that we are on his side. Whatever happens on and off the pitch, we are with him. “
In short, despite the performances (e the questionable choices) on the pitch, and despite the many market rumors that have been circulating for several months now (including Shams Charania’s list of potential Lakers targets), the yellow-purple environment continues to have a protective attitude towards Westbrook, at least in front of the media. After all, as Wojnarowski reported, “A trade before Thanksgiving (November 24, ed) is unlikely”, also due to the current absence of Dennis Schroder due to injury. Back in German, for the yellow-violet he could go beyond an experiment that certainly did not bring the desired results last summer.