The combination of LeBron James…Anthony Davis…Rajon Rondo (and his brother!) showed the NBA world that he’s not a championship point guard!
To be clear here, Russell Westbrook’s short stint with the Houston Rockets started the narrative change of regardless of being able to put up some big numbers, it doesn’t guarantee an organization will be satisfied.
When Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta decided to change how the front office implemented a more advanced basketball analytics type approach using Russ’ style of play as a cautionary tale, one has to realize things are going south…
"“It’s analytics you don’t see in the box score,” he said. “You don’t see in the newspaper. It’s different analytics. It’s at a higher level. You can look at a box score and think, ‘Oh my God, this guy had a triple double, he must be great!’ Where this person really was inefficient and wasn’t very good.”"
Before Westbrook demanded a trade out of Houston to Washington for John Wall, he did average 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.0 assists. However, he also committed 4.5 turnovers per game.
When the Rockets acquired Westbrook for Chris Paul, again the media narratives were in play here. Most thought CP3’s career was over. Even Lake Show Life bought in…
But what most fans forget is that Paul almost led the Thunder to a first-round upset over the Rockets in the bubble. One fingernail from James Harden to block Lu Dort’s shot preserved a second-round matchup with the Lakers.
Now if there is anyone from Lakers Nation that wants to throw stones at the decision-makers of the Russell Westbrook trade…now’s the time. Here’s what the staff of Lake Show Life means when we say “They knew what they were getting!”. Everyone got to see Westbrook’s meltdowns in 4k in the bubble!
After Houston took a 1-0 lead, the Lakers, led by LeBron, AD and Rajon Rondo, spent the rest of the series embarrassing Westbrook by baiting him into one-on-one matchups. They gave him an hour to shoot 3 point shots and they took him out of his game knowing the Houston offense would follow him out of the series.
As for poise? Remember the back and forth with Rondo’s brother?
Marc Spears of The Undefeated reported Russell Westbrook had words with Rajon Rondo’s brother.
"Lakers guard Rajon Rondo says his brother, William, called Russell Westbrook “trash” and nothing more and gave him the “Damian Lillard” wave when the Rockets star asked what he said. Rondo said his brother didn’t say anything more and he is hopeful there will be no discipline."
Championship point guards have to keep their poise much like Chris Paul, who he was traded for. Sure both players moved on from their respective teams (Russ to Washington and CP3 to Phoenix!) but look at how much things have changed. Chris Paul is being celebrated as a leader on a championship-level team that goes further than numbers and Westbrook is mired in trade rumors that some Lakers fans are praying to be true.
Well to those fans, Lake Show Life is going to burst your bubble. Russell Westbrook is not going anywhere. Why? Read on to get the reality of this situation…