Monday, December 6, 2021

Russell Westbrook of the Lakers knows he needs to ‘play harder’

The moment of reckoning came for Russell Westbrook after his 1-of-13 and six assists, which Anthony Davis could not complete due to stomach trouble, and LeBron James sat on the bench with a strained abdominals and led the Lakers. the defender will say his style of play “doesn’t work for our team.”

After scoring eight points and the Lakers losing an ugly 105–90 game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on Saturday night, Westbrook spoke of his need to “play harder.”

“Try to be me all the time and not limit my game or the way I play because it just doesn’t work for our team and it doesn’t work in general, it just doesn’t put me in position or pace. I need to play to be better than my teammates, ”Westbrook said late Saturday night after the Lakers dropped to 5-5. “So this is just what I need to be sure of what I do all the time.”

Westbrook was the last of the big three left after Davis, who Lakers coach Frank Vogel said “four times already” on a tip, left after the first quarter and James missed his fourth game of the season with injuries. …

Westbrook has been known for his tenacious, dynamic and attacking play throughout his 14-year NBA career.

He said he wants to adapt his game to James, Davis and the rest of his new Lakers teammates.

“I’m just trying to figure it out, you know?” Westbrook said. “This is what I do. This is what I am doing. This is what I have been doing for the last four or five years. Try to figure it out. Come to a new team, try to get the most out of the situation and be the player that I am, and I like to find ways to do what is best for the team, no matter what the coach asks me. But at the same time it is always difficult to be sure that I can be who I should be on the floor, and this does everything and plays as strong as possible. And I have to do it for our team, and I didn’t do it tonight, but I will definitely do it in the future. ”

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Westbrook said he doesn’t “put any pressure on himself” because he considers himself “very elite in what I do.”

“There is no additional pressure on me. As I said, I do this every year. This is not something new, ”he said. “When I figure it out, then I’ll be in a better position. But right now there are so many different things happening, the line-up is changing, so many different people are coming in. When we play, we do not win – this is the main reason why I always feel that I need to do something better for our team when we do not win, and that is how I as a player. So losing doesn’t help anything. When we win … I don’t care what happens. But when we lose, personally I, I always take responsibility for my game, because if I don’t play the best way, how can we play, then I feel like I need to play better in order to give us a better chance of winning. … ball games. “

This is Westbrook’s fourth team in four years, from Oklahoma City to Houston to Washington, and he says he figured it out.

He said that “it depends on me,” and he vowed that it would happen.

“So I just wanted to find the best way to improve the game,” he said. “The best thing about this is that I am so happy and grateful that I can do so many different things in the gym, that I can do anything, with anyone. I can play with anyone. And it suits me very much. But also, I am very proud and it takes a lot of energy and effort to make sure I can be the best I can with the guys on our team and get the most out of this situation. “

Carmelo Anthony is also new to the Lakers, but he played with Westbrook in the 2017-18 Thunder team, and he understands what his teammate is capable of.

“He always figured out how to adapt, how to make changes, what he needed to do personally, physically, mentally to lead,” Anthony said. “We cannot control this. This is what he controls, and only he knows what to do. We have to be there to support him, and we will. “

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