Russell Westbrook wants out of Los Angeles and the fan base cannot wait any longer for that to happen.
The veteran point guard believes that Lakers coach Darvin Ham’s decision to bring him off the bench in L.A.’s preseason finale could have caused the hamstring strain he suffered that night.
Per ESPN, “I’ve been doing the same thing for 14 years straight,” Westbrook said following the Lakers’ [123-109 loss] to the [Golden State Warriors]in their regular-season opener Tuesday night. “Honestly, I didn’t even know what to do pregame. Being honest, I was trying to figure out how to stay warm and loose. … That’s something I just wasn’t accustomed to.”
Westbrook started the Lakers’ season opener on Tuesday, a 123–109 loss to the Warriors.
Westbrook scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Tuesday’s game, making 7-of-12 shots from the floor.
New coach Darwin Ham was very complimentary of his star guard after the outing.
“You want to start the game off the right way in terms of your energy and being in attack mode, and no one better than him,” said Ham. “I mean, it’s what we have, and we got some key guys hurt. It’s Game 1, give them a chance to go out and compete at the highest level. I thought he was solid. I thought he was solid. A couple possessions I wish I can get back, but overall, I thought he was solid.”
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