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The Los Angeles Lakers will wrap up one of basically the most disappointing seasons in franchise historical previous Sunday against the Denver Nuggets, and now we're getting some insight into why issues went so poorly, critically with Russell Westbrook.
The superstar point guard had one of many worst seasons of his occupation in L.A. after coming over in a change from the Washington Wizards. He struggled to adapt in Frank Vogel's machine, and his points reportedly began before the season started.
A Lakers workers member advised Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times that Westbrook refused to half the ball with his teammates and wanted the ball in his fingers at all cases, which irritated Vogel, who Westbrook reportedly did now not admire.
"Russ [Westbrook) never respected Frank [Vogel] from Day 1," the employees member advised Woike. "The moment Frank said any one who gets the rebound can bring it up the court, which is merely how the NBA is played on this time limit, Russ turned into esteem, 'Naw, I’m the point guard. Give the ball to me. All people trip.' Frank turned into esteem, 'No, we own Talen [Horton-Tucker)] We own Austin [Reaves]. We own Malik. We own LeBron. We own AD. They'll all bring the ball up.' He turned into esteem, 'Nope, I'm the point guard. Give me that s---. All people gather out the manner.'
"From that time on, in practicing camp, it turned into a wrap, 'trigger now Russ is a fish out of water. He doesn't know what to develop. That's how that started."
Westbrook received his perfect half of touches this season, and at the same time as he continued to struggle, his teammates would quiet give him the ball. The 33-year-mature is averaging 18.5 facets, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists while shooting 44.4 p.c from the bottom and 29.8 p.c from deep in 78 games. He hadn't averaged below 20 facets per sport since his second season in the NBA in 2009-10.
Westbrook's teammates even tried to give him some motivation to raise his sport. Per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, his teammates were attempting to search out a technique to "feed the beast" and would portray him issues esteem "the coaches abominate you" and "the entrance pickle of job is attempting to assemble rid of you."
That tactic did now not figure out, and now it appears the Lakers try to portion methods with Westbrook this offseason. And while it could actually well be advanced given his $47 million wage in 2022-23, the Charlotte Hornets were named as a team to peek for the broken-down guard, per NBA insider Marc Stein.