The Lakers traded their surrounding cast for Russell Westbrook this offseason — and there’s legitimate reason for concern.
The triple-double king turned in a triple-single dud in the Lakers’ opening day 121-114 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday.
It would be less concerning if this weren’t an immediate continuation of Westbrook’s poor preseason play — and an early red flag about the roster’s depth and his questionable fit alongside a ball-dominant LeBron James.
The nine-time All-Star’s $44.3 million cap figure is the highest on the Lakers, yet he turned the ball over 23 times and shot 32.7% from the field in the preseason. Last night was only the third time he’s ever finished with a full single-digit statline in the past two years.
Russ and the Lakers face the Western Conference Champion Suns on Friday.