With more than half of the 2021-22 season of the National Basketball Association (NBA) already played, it can be said that the experiment Russell Westbrook in Los Angeles Lakers failed miserably, especially their chemistry shown alongside Lebron James Y Anthony Davis.
In the summer before the season, the franchise traded for the veteran point guard since Washington Wizards with the aim of returning to compete for a ring. But things have not gone as expected and they are currently ninth in the Western Conference.
Therefore, it is necessary to analyze what change with respect to the other Big-3 to which he belonged, when he played with Kevin Durant Y james harden in Oklahoma City Thunder. Although there are two other reasons, the first is the most obvious and easiest to find: The age of the trio.
Durant and Harden better shooters than Davis and LeBron
In that sense, Westbrook feels more comfortable with room to attack the rim and unload with his companions, and Durant and Harden gave him thatsince both are excellent pitchers from 3-point range, while LeBron and AD are inconsistent in that department.
The pressure of winning in Los Angeles
Another great reason is that it is not the same to play in a small market without as many expectations as OKCwhat to do with the pressure of already winning Los Angeles. After a busy free agency, the franchise and the fans do not expect any other result than being champions, and it shows in the impatience.