March 25, 2023

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Lakers fans apologize to Russell Westbrook After an explosive performance off the bench: “The Brodie Can Still Play!”

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Amazing bench performance by Russell Westbrook and his effort inspires Lakers fans.
Russell Westbrook with Explosive bench performance

Season-Opening First Game: Russell Westbrook with Explosive bench performance by Russell Westbrook

Amazing bench performance by Russell Westbrook and his effort inspires Lakers fans.

Darvin Ham, the Lakers’ coach, was hopeful that a fresh plan would help his club win its opening game of the season against the Timberwolves tonight.

While the Lakers lost again (bringing their record to 0-5 overall), there was some hope at the end of the tunnel. Russell Westbrook, in particular, stood out.

Season-Opening First Game: Russell Westbrook Explosive Performance

In what has typically been a disappointing season for Westbrook, he played well on Friday, scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. After his bench debut, supporters couldn’t help but be optimistic on Twitter.

Westbrook is most effective with the ball in his hands, and coming off the bench allows him to do so as the offense’s orchestrator. It’s no surprise that he was successful with the second unit.

The question is how he will adapt to a permanent bench role.

The answer, according to Kendrick Perkins, isn’t good.

In a recent appearance on NBA Today, league analyst (and former big man) Kendrick Perkins stated unequivocally that he does not believe Westbrook will handle the situation well.

“This is an audition for Russell Westbrook,” Perkins explained. “Not only to help the Lakers win games but also because the rest of the world will be watching to see how he handles this issue. And I honestly don’t think he’ll be able to manage it well. Remember, he missed the previous game due to a hamstring injury, which he blamed on Darvin Ham and the coaching staff for forcing him to come in off the bench because he wasn’t used to it. I can tell you right now that Russell Westbrook is not pleased with the scenario, and this is simply the beginning of the end for Russell Westbrook and the Los Angeles Lakers.”

Westbrook is having a poor season by his standards, averaging 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game, and the Lakers will need more from him if they are to salvage this season. Tonight was a promising start, but it eventually proved ineffective.

For the time being, all they can do is put out what they have, hope for the best, and wait for the opportunity to make the move they believe is best for them.

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