Russell Westbrook is arguably one of the most dominant point guards inside the paint in the league’s history. However, his weakness has evidently been his jump shot from outside the arc. This has widely earned him the nickname ‘West-brick’ and surely he is aware of that.
Not saying that Westbrook does not turn up and make clutch shots, but he has a history of messing up his jump shots more than making them. He might have some clutch jump shots, including the buzzer-beater that marked the close of his historic NBA season with OKC. But he knows he is not on his opponent’s watch-list while shooting from the arc. Therefore, few defenders try to close him out while shooting from beyond the 3 point line.
While answering a few questions in a post-game press conference, he gave a brutally honest answer that shocked most of the reporters.
Russell Westbrook on if it’s a big adjustment to the NBA changing three-point foul calls:
“Shit not for me. Ain’t too many people flying at me, so I’ll be alright.”
— Top Ball Coverage (@TopBallCoverage) October 13, 2021
The brutally honest response of Russell Westbrook to the new NBA rule
While talking to the media in a post-game press conference, a reporter asked Westbrook how the NBA’s new rule regarding “Non-Basketball Moves” would affect his game. He hilariously replied, “Sh*t not for me. Ain’t too many people flying at me, so I’ll be alright.”
The new rule concerns players using non-basketball moves to draw fouls on the offensive end. One of the major aspects it aims to improve is the foul drawing by players beyond the 3-point line. Westbrook directs his response to his own weakness, essentially admitting that the rule only concerns his weak spot, which he anyway doesn’t use a lot during games. Around the league, we widely consider this rule change to most affect Russell’s former teammate: James Harden.
Oct 10, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) hangs in the air as he passes the ball to Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (left) over the Phoenix Suns guard Mikal Bridges (25) and center JaVale McGee (00) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
What does this mean for the Lakers?
Last season, the Lakers were widely criticized for having one of the lowest 3 point percentages in the league as a team. Russell’s addition to the roster meant the Lakers have moved away from that conventional style of play from beyond the arc. However, this led to a lot of speculation around LeBron and Carmelo preferring to shoot from beyond the arc in the coming season.
Will Russell Westbrook’s inside threat give LeBron and Carmelo more space to exploit from beyond the arc? Let us know your thoughts.
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