Russell Westbrook Joins the LakersSeptember 13, 2021
The Lakers have signed Russell Westbrook, and he will be playing together with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, two of basketball’s greatest names. Russell, 32 years old, was signed from the Washington Wizards in exchange for three Lakers’ players on Tuesday. Westbrook has had a quite impressive record in the National Basketball Association (NBA) over the last few years. Last season, Westbrook emerged as the leading player with the most assists in the league, with an average of 11.8 assists per game. Apart from getting 22.2 points and 11.5 rebounds, Westbrook managed a triple-double as well. Over the last five seasons, Westbrook has also averaged a triple-double in four of the seasons. The 32-year-old new signing has been at his best in the last few years in the NBA, and hopefully, he will have a positive impact on the whole team.
While speaking from the Staples Center during his introductory news conference, Westbrook expressed his joy for joining the Lakers and getting a chance to play with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who are both his friends. He said that he was aiming at helping the team to win the championship by working together with his new teammates to improve each other’s game. While acknowledging that James is one of the best basketball players in the NBA, Westbrook stated that he would try to make James’ game easier and at the same time make an impact on the team when with the ball and without the ball.
LA Times reported that Westbrook admitted that he has always been a fan of the Lakers since he grew up in Los Angeles, and his wife, children, and family still lives there. He schooled in Lawndale Leuzinger High school and later joined the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Westbrook could not hide his excitement for joining the Lakers, an opportunity he says was a dream come true for him. During his time in Los Angeles, he admitted to having admired the Lakers players and especially Kobe Bryant, who would later become his friend and mentor. Westbrook added that becoming a Laker was truly a blessing, and he was thankful for getting the chance.
Frank Vogel, the team’s coach, says that he is positive that Westbrook, Davis, and James will find a way to work together and help the team as it chases the eighteenth NBA championship, a target that they intend to achieve.