Over the 19 years since LeBron James set foot in the NBA, he has played alongside many superstars while representing the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers. In his 19th season, the King was paired with former MVP Russell Westbrook in hopes of leading the purple and gold franchise to their record-breaking championship number. But the reality turned out to be exactly the opposite.
LeBron James, who managed to up the game of the other star playing alongside him, be it – Kyrie Irving, Dwayne Wade or Anthony Davis, it wasn’t the same this time. Likewise, Colin Cowherd also questioned Russell Westbrook’s work rate, raising eyebrows from many as to whether or not he could work around stars? Certainly an interesting shot not to be missed.
Colin Cowherd on Russell Westbrook
With the LA Lakers’ season ending before many expected, Brodie was also on the scene early. However, Westbrook’s exit interview that season shocked many when he practically called out James and Davis for not allowing him to do his best and ruffled more than a few feathers.
Colin Cowherd was just one of many analysts who couldn’t believe what they were hearing from the struggling Lakers point guard.
“There are players who get it right away – LeBron James. Players who will eventually get it – Carmelo Anthony and players who will never get it – Westbrook. Kevin Durant has played with many stars; he has worked with everyone except Westbrook. LeBron has played with many stars; he has worked with everyone except Westbrook. But it’s someone else’s fault.”
Speaking of accurate stats, although Westbrook had more of a presence on the floor than LeBron and Davis, his numbers were uninspiring. In the 55 games Russell Westbrook and James played together, the LA Lakers had a pathetic 25-30 record. They were a failure, although James played almost at the MVP level and Westbrook averaged 17.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game.
That being said, all eyes will now be on whether or not Westbrook can represent the Lakers in the 2022-23 season. Having a strong contract could be on his side, but will Lila and Gold sacrifice AD? Remains to be seen.
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