With the way things are going on the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s not surprising that many fans and analysts are looking for someone to blame.
The team is currently ninth in the West and stands a very good chance of actually not even making the NBA Play-In Tournament.
It wouldn’t be shocking if the Lakers don’t participate in the postseason, even with all the big stars on their team.
One of those stars – Russell Westbrook – is repeatedly called out for his inconsistent season.
Some people think he’s the main problem with the team’s current lineup.
However, one NBA writer is pointing out that maybe Westbrook isn’t the problem.
Everyone said Chris Paul was washed after Houston … how’d that workout?
It’s about fit.
Russell Westbrook is still a good point guard.
— Ben Stinar (@BenStinar) February 27, 2022
Ben Stinar made an interesting comparison when talking about Westbrook’s struggles, tweeting: “Everyone said Chris Paul was washed after Houston…how’d that workout? It’s about fit. Russell Westbrook is still a good point guard.”
Stinar is right: of course Westbrook is still a talented point guard and a good basketball player – but it’s obvious this fit just isn’t working the way it was supposed to.
What To Do With Westbrook?
When you look at Westbrook’s stat line for the season (18.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists) you don’t see numbers that are shockingly bad.
However, those don’t represent all of Westbrook’s output – including his turnovers and his missed shots.
Despite all of that, Westbrook still has a chance at turning things around, as Paul did after playing in Houston.
However, Westbrook might not be turning things around in LA.
It’s become quite obvious that the LA-Westbrook experiment isn’t paying off like expected and there are people saying that LA should do something – anything! – to get rid of the player in the offseason.
If that happens it’ll be yet another humiliating moment for this era of the Lakers – but one that might be necessary.