After landing in Los Angeles, Russell Westbrook is fulfilling his childhood dream of defending the Los Angeles Lakers' colors. The 2017 MVP was traded by the Washington Wizards in the offseason, joining his fourth team in two years.
Brodie is still trying to win that elusive NBA championship and the Lakers put him in a favorable position to fight for the Larry O'Brien trophy next year. He dreamed of this moment since he was a kid and having the chance to play for his childhood team is incredible.
Talking on his new documentary, Passion Play, Westbrook explained how important it's for him to play for the Lakers, the team he grew up supporting.
“It was like crazy… Trying to figure out everything being back home. But only thing I could think about was, like growing up in LA, watching the Lakers, Kobe…”
“All those memories and all those things coming back to play, kinda come back full circles. Just the opportunity in itself, obviously was big for everybody else, but internally for myself, our family, we’re very grateful.”
He has big motivations to win with the purple and gold. Besides getting his first ring, he'll try to prove he can win and emulate what Kobe Bryant did with this franchise.
The 2021 preseason wasn't the best for the Lakers, who went winless for the first time since 2012. Even though LeBron James claimed they'll need time to get things right, the alarms are set at Staples Center.
The precedent doesn't suggest anything good for the Lakers. They need to get it together if they aspire to improve what they did last season. Another 7th seed would be terrible for a team with a Big 3 and plenty of veterans, making them title favorites.