Huge lack of respect for Russell Westbrook, just before the recovery!
Despite a summer with a shower of rumors about him, Russell Westbrook should not leave the Lakers after all, at least not immediately. Darvin Ham is counting on him for his first season as a coach in Los Angeles, especially since he knows that Brodie will be revengeful after so much criticism about him. The latest ranking from CBS Sports should only motivate him a little more.
For Russell Westbrook, it’s probably now or never to respond to all the criticism. The fact is that his first season under the tunic of the Purple and Gold was missed, the proof with an absence of playoffs and a very disappointing general impression. Best known for mistreating the circle in the past, Brodie has been more low-key than usual, while unable to carry that roster in the absence of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, which he was originally recruited for.
Despite all these reasons, the former Thunder player will still be an Angelino for this 2022/23 campaign, certainly because GM Rob Pelinka couldn’t find a way out for him. Teams were ready to collect his contract close to 50 million dollars, This is still the case in the West, by the way., but the price to pay is too high. The franchises aren’t asking for a first-round draft pick to get Russ, but two, dooming the Lakers’ long-term future at the same time.
Russell Westbrook snubbed in a prestigious ranking
Ham is therefore warned, it will be up to him to revive Westbrook after a difficult year, far from expectations. We are still talking about a player with 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists on average over the season, proof that even in a complicated moment, Russ knows how to be efficient and can make a big difference with the ball in hand. The classification of CBS Sports, which had fun ranking the best players for the coming season, is therefore all the more surprising.
CBS Sports ranks Russell Westbrook No. 98 on their Top 100 player rankings heading into next season.
—Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) September 20, 2022
CBS Sports ranked Russell Westbrook 98th out of 100 best players for next season.
If you click on the link, yes, Westbrook is 98th according to CBS Sports, just ahead of neo-Maverick Christian Wood, and Grant Williams. The journalists behind this ranking justify this place by the desire of the Lakers to trade Russ for a long time, even if no team wants him. We find before him Joe Harris, PJ Tucker, Collin Sexton, Herbert Jones, Brook Lopez or Tyler Herro, to name a few.
The Westbrook disrespect is getting out of hand.
No way y’all have 97 players ranked above this man.
—Luka Donut (@Luka_Donut) September 20, 2022
The disrespect for Westbrook is out of control. No way to find 97 players better than this guy.
Although Russell Westbrook is coming off a bad season, not sure it’s possible to find 97 players better than him in this league, especially when you look at his stats. The good news for the Lakers is that Brodie could use it as motivation, he who loves to shut mouths. Suffice to say that we are curious to see it at work next October.