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LeBron James and Anthony Davis encourage Russell Westbrook after first loss: “Be the reason why we traded for you.”

Los Angeles, CA - October 19: New Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook drives to the hoop against Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson in the first half during the season opener at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images).
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Russell Westbrook had a disappointing debut for the Los Angeles Lakers. In the game against the Golden State Warriors, Westbrook scored just eight points. However, LeBron James and Anthony Davis expressed their support to Westbrook and advised him to relax.

The Lakers were leading for most of the game against the Warriors. Ultimately, the Warriors won the game fueled by a strong fourth-quarter performance. While Davis and James both scored over 30 points, Westbrook couldn’t adjust on the offensive end.

“I told Russ to go home and watch a comedy, somebody could put a smile on his face. That was the one thing that hopefully get through to him. Don’t be so hard on himself and like I said, you go home, he’s gonna see three babies that he has. They might be asleep, but they will put a smile on his face and you got a beautiful wife [and] family.

“So, at the end of the day, you go home and really like: ‘Okay, alright, that was not that bad. It’s really not that bad.’

LeBron James to Russell Westbrook

Anthony Davis advises Westbrook ‘to be himself’

Shaquille O’Neal was especially direct on TNT, suggesting Westbrook is a role player. Whereas Westbrook struggles to adjust to his teammates, Anthony Davis thinks Westbrook should play his game.

So, we just want him to be himself, be aggressive, be Russell Westbrook. Be the reason why we traded for you and once you do that, everyone else will figure out how to play around him. We will continue to build around him and make him more comfortable where he can have those those games that we’re used to.”

Anthony Davis

Of course, the Lakers and Westbrook will have plenty of more opportunities to prove themselves. In the second game of the season, the Lakers will host 2021’s NBA finalists Phoenix Suns. Undoubtedly, the Lakers will hope to avenge their playoff loss from the last season.

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