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“I don’t know whose primary job it is to do that, to be honest” — Russell Westbrook on who’s the Los Angeles Lakers' primary distributor

Russell Westbrook appears to take a shot at the Los Angeles Lakers for not clearly identifying who their primary playmaker is.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

After a short-lived winning streak that had Anthony Davis boasting that "it's starting to click," the Los Angeles Lakers have reverted to their losing ways. It looks like chemistry issues that have hounded the team since last season are cropping up again. Russell Westbrook even took a subtle shot at either LeBron James or the coaching staff after being asked what the team can do to distribute the ball better and get Davis going offensively.

"I don't know whose primary job it is to do that, to be honest," said Westbrook after the game. "I leave it up to the coaches to figure out the best way for them to utilize. When I'm in, I do the best job I can and making the right reads and try to make the game easy for them when I'm in."

Wild Westbrook

Against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, the Lakers assisted on 24 of their 40 made field goals. So, it is unclear why Westbrook seemed to take offense at the question thrown at him by a reporter.

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In addition, the former MVP had the ball in his hands on many of the team's possessions. He finished the game with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting and 10 assists. However, he committed seven turnovers. Westbrook's performance on Sunday was undoubtedly admirable and even drew MVP chants from the crowd.

But it is apparent that he needs a bigger role on offense to be effective. And with James, an elite playmaker, on the roster, the Lakers coaching staff might not be equipped to create an offensive game plan that can maximize both players.

Selling high

The likely best course of action for the franchise is to sell high while Westbrook's stock has risen a bit. Some people around the league even see him as the most valuable Lakers player at the moment, although that view might be a bit of a stretch.

Unfortunately, the market for "Brodie" still leaves a lot to be desired. Even so, for L.A. to salvage the season, it should do its due diligence in exploring the possible options for getting rid of the point guard and taking back impact players in return.

As the Lakers' 114-100 loss to the Cavs had shown, the team has to look for efficient outside shooters (they shot just 29.6% from beyond the arc) and great defensive players (Cleveland had 36 free-throw attempts.) Maybe a package of Westbrook and a first-round pick or two can help the franchise land those kinds of players.

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