The Los Angeles Lakers were perhaps one of the most disappointing teams in the 2021-22 season. After trading for a former MVP in Russell Westbrook, the Lakers were touted to be championship contenders. But it couldn't have been far from reality. With the likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davis missing multiple games, the Lakers never had a healthy core to rely on.
This led to a high level of scrutiny leveled toward Westbrook. With fans demanding the team to trade the 2017 MVP, 'Brodie' finds himself under a severe amount of pressure to prove to the NBA community his worth in this upcoming season.
Russell Westbrook Hits Some Smooth Three-Pointers In Offseason Training
While many of his peers are enjoying their time off right now, it seems like Westbrook is busy working on his game and improving his skills.
Recently the 33-year-old was spotted putting in the work with well-known NBA skills coach Chris Brickley. 'Brodie' can be seen showing off his insane athleticism and also hitting some smooth-looking three-point jumpers.
Given that Westbrook has often been criticized for his awful shot selection and his inefficiency, seeing 'Brodie' knocking down smooth-looking jump shots is definitely promising. Last season, the Lakers struggled massively due to their lack of quality shooting.
While expecting Westbrook to suddenly shoot 40% from the three-point line is ludicrous, if the former All-Star starts hitting corner threes at a high clip, it will certainly be a welcome change. This season, the Lakers have added the likes of Patrick Beverley along with multiple young role players.
Although coach Darvin Ham has insisted that Westbrook will play for the Lakers next season, Brodie's future remains undecided. Given the massive wage bill a player like Westbrook has, it might seem unlikely that the Lakers would trade him. But if the team adds their two first-round picks, things might get really interesting fast. With a handful of teams willing to sell, the Lakers might be on their way to getting rid of Westbrook. Do you think Westbrook will play for the Lakers next season?