The Los Angeles Lakers have lost all of their preseason match-ups, but they have a handful of positive takeaways. Like every other match-up, the Lakers step on the court with the desire to win, but the preseason is more about the team finding its own.
“We obviously want to win, but you want to take baby steps - it’s a long year, we want to take some positives out of the game,” Russell Westbrook said after losing to the Phoenix Suns.
Russell Westbrook and Darvin Ham’s understanding
While there are quite a few fresh faces on the Lakers’ roster, the coach is also new. Moreover, it is Darvin Ham’s first head coaching stint in the NBA. Of course, there is a belief that Ham is capable of taking up the position, but earning the trust of the locker room is crucial for him.
One of Ham’s first statements as the Lakers’ head coach was about his desire to make things work with Westbrook. He reportedly likes the value a veteran like Westbrook can bring to the table and claimed that he would get the best out of the nine-time All-Star. And so far, Mr. Triple Double feels comfortable.
“Just been able to communicate, whatever he needs me to do – I’ma go out there and try to do it to the best of my abilities,” Westbrook told Mike Trudell. “And if I need something from him, I’m able to communicate that as well.”
The new-look Lakers are focused on defense
The Lakers have a long season ahead of them and have kept spirits high so far. The return of a healthy Anthony Davis clubbed with Kendrick Nunn finally getting the opportunity to showcase his talent is a good sign for the team.
Russell Westbrook has also been effective so far, and the youngsters in the team are determined to make an impact. Austin Reaves is one of the youngsters who will surely have a big role in the team’s championship aspirations.
“Just our habits and what we’re trying to emphasize on defending and the way we want to play - important for, you know, to create some rhythm,” Westbrook stressed. “And I think we’ve been doing a better job at that.”
While the media will continue to shed light on the Lakers’ every move – the roster is focused on taking the season one game at a time.