Russell Westbrook discusses his adjustments to Darvin Ham’s system

ByShannon J. Cortes

Oct 9, 2022

Russell Westbrook made some solid changes for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2022 preseason, showing glimpses of himself dominating in losses to the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns.

Westbrook’s defense continues to disappoint, but the 2017 NBA MVP has done a good job orchestrating Los Angeles’ offense in his two preseason appearances. He also went 2 for 4 from downtown, showing improved aim after knocking down just 29.8% of his triples last year.

The Lakers expected Westbrook to fit in better with head coach Darvin Ham in charge. And the 33-year-old goalkeeper told Southern California News Group’s Kyle Goon that Ham’s new system deserves credit for its strong start to pre-season:

“Definitely different – just the ability to be able to get into the open ground, attack with space, take my time,” he said after Saturday’s Lakers practice. “Miss or make, the shots will come as the season drags on. But just step into that rhythm and know that I can get to any place I want and get rhythm shots for sure, so far.

Westbrook added that he still had confidence in his jump shot despite his shooting issues in 2021-22. Additionally, the guard said he’s been trying to be more careful with his decision-making this year in an effort to improve the quality of his shots:

“I know I’m a good shooter and I’m very confident in myself and my ability to shoot basketball,” he said. “Just keep working on my craft like I always have and take good shots. The quality of the shots is important. Making sure I don’t take the bad ones is something I try to put my mind on. accent, attacking the basket.

Westbrook will likely start the 2022-23 season in the starting line-up despite rumors that Ham have considered using the guard off the bench. But the playmaker will have to justify his starting role with consistency and effort – not only because of a potential bench, but also the Lakers’ desire to reshape the roster even after the 2022 campaign kicks off- 23.

Ham reiterates support for Westbrook amid constant trade rumors

Ham has been a staunch Westbrook supporter since taking over in Los Angeles despite the Lakers’ efforts to trade him this summer.

And the head coach recently reiterated his support for the embattled guard, saying he wants him to succeed in 2022-23. “He’s ours and we love him,” Ham said.

“I have a plan and that plan included him and they gave me the job. So it’s been a great camp for him. He played well, the energy exploded. It was great. All the guys Besides.

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