Russell Westbrook joining the Los Angeles Lakers was a move that had a lot of people excited but just as many were asking questions about his fit alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Doubts were raised about whether they would be able to achieve success with Russ on the roster and this season emphatically showed that no, they in fact couldn't make it happen.
Anthony Davis may have spoken about the injuries and the lack of playing time for them but the fact remains that at no point this season did the Lakers look comfortable with Westbrook on the floor. And like with a few other things the team said at the start of the season, something along those lines in regards to Russ and his fit on the team has come back to haunt LeBron James.
When doubts about the Lakers were being expressed by some people in August, LeBron James had shared an Instagram post about training with Westbrook, sort of making fun of the people that were doubting them.
"Work with the Brodie! I agree I don’t think this will work @russwest44. 🧢."
An NBA fan on Twitter, Mark Jackson's Burner, joking brought it up, suggesting that LeBron knew that it wouldn't work out even before the season started and other fans took the opportunity to roast LeBron a little about the whole situation.
"Prime example of what happen when people try to be 'funny'."
"LeManager knew from the begining."
"It's truth in jokes."
"This part of LeBron’s documentary is gonna be so interesting to watch."
"Heard Russ gonna run it back. Best of luck with that."
"Man.. this insta post had me so excited for the season. If only I knew."
"Bron was talking crazy."
"We gotta tell Bron to scrub this sh*t from his TL."
"He been settin himself up man."
"That sarcasm backfired real hard."
No one expected the Lakers to be so bad that they miss the play-in tournament entirely, but this sort of mild arrogance comes back to haunt players when they can't back it up. It remains to be seen if the team persists with Westbrook next season, but they might just be repeating this season's errors if they choose to do so.