The Los Angeles Lakers have a lot of work to do this offseason after a lost 2021-22 season. The trio of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook did not perform as they were expected to, and it's widely expected that the Lakers will do whatever they can to unload Westbrook and his massive contract this offseason.
The 2022 NBA Draft offered a reminder of the mess the Lakers currently find themselves in, as they entered the draft without a single pick to their name. They would eventually trade into the draft in the second round and selected Max Christie out of Michigan State with the 35th overall pick.
Bayless didn't like the Lakers' selection of Max Christie and used it to take a shot at the Lakers
Christie has some offensive upside but struggled to put everything together in his lone season at Michigan State. He averaged 9.3 points per game but shot just 38.2 percent from the field, including 31.7 percent from behind the arc. How will that translate to the NBA if he struggled to hit threes in college?
Skip Bayless of Fox Sports quickly used the Lakers selection as an opportunity to fire a shot at the Lakers, saying Christie's below-average three-point shooting will fit perfectly alongside LeBron and 'Westbrick'. Westbrook quickly caught wind of Bayless' tweet and fired back, saying that Bayless shouldn't say anything on Twitter that he wouldn't say to his face. Twitter quickly took the exchange between the two and ran with it:
Bayless has a point, but will Westbrook even be on the Lakers next season?
Bayless is correct to say that the Lakers need more three-point shooting, and the addition of Christie doesn't bode well with their current roster. But, of course, it's not worth putting too much weight into second-round picks in the NBA, as most of the time, teams are hoping to find somebody who could end up sticking in their rotation rather than a legitimate star player.
The bigger issue in L.A. is Westbrook, or 'Westbrick,' as Bayless would say. Westbrook probably put together the worst season of his career with Los Angeles, and the Lakers need to figure out how to get rid of him. They are actively working on accomplishing that, as the Kyrie Irving/Lakers rumors have picked up some real steam recently.
Westbrook only shot an appalling 29.8 percent on threes last season, and it's clear if he's still on the Lakers next season, he will have to be better, not just with three-point shooting but his entire game. But will that even be something Los Angeles has to worry about?
Wherever Westbrook ends up playing, he will have to play a lot better if he wants to prove Bayless wrong because he's right. Westbrook was a liability for the Lakers last season, and there's a reason he was often getting benched late in games when his team had a shot at winning. Until then, Westbrook will have to continue to listen to guys like Bayless trash his name, and unless his play improves, there's not much he can do about it.