When the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Russell Westbrook last offseason, many openly wondered how he would fit into the existing roster.
It turns out the skeptics were right.
LA has been a disaster all year and will likely miss the playoffs.
This week, Westbrook touched on a complicated subject: how difficult it is for him to play well alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
“Yeah, that’s the challenge,” Westbrook told Chris Haynes Yahoo Sports. “For me, I just have to find ways to influence the game and find a way to implement all of our guys so that we can make a run, get into the playoffs and hopefully get a championship. My challenge as a leader is to be able to implement everyone, and I will try to do that as best I can.
Westbrook has been horrible this year playing alongside James and Davis. Historically bad. His own teammates shoot him; rivals disrespect him; it hasn’t been pretty.
It’s a virtual guarantee that the Lakers will try to get rid of Westbrook and his contract this summer. But it’s unclear who will actually show up to the table and get rid of it.
In any case, it’s obvious now that anyone who doubted Westbrook’s compatibility alongside James and Davis was right. It was a terrible combination.
And that just confirms that sometimes when something looks bad on paper, it’s also ugly on the ground.