LeBron James is finally getting a potent 3rd superstar in Russell Westbrook. Kendrick Perkins is high on their chances this year.
There is little doubt that the Lakers’ front office led by Rob Pelinka is swinging for the fences this year. They have a top-3 player of all time at the bare minimum alongside the greatest power forward talent in the game on their hands.
Given injuries to both of their superstars last year, the Lakers faltered in their title defense in the first round. LeBron James and co were unceremoniously dumped out by the Phoenix Suns, who made an NBA Finals run.
The unceremonious exit left the Lakers superstar smarting, without a shadow of doubt. People began rumors of him recruiting other elite point guards to Los Angeles.
Many big names like Damian Lillard, Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry were linked to them, but it’s Russell Westbrook who finally returns to his hometown team alongside James.
“Asking me if LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis can win a championship is like asking me if I can finish my food”: Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski were on Get Up this morning with Mike Greenberg. The trio discussed the ramifications of the potential trade, which was by far the biggest news from draft night.
Perkins seems to be quite high on his former teammate LeBron’s chances of snagging a 5th championship. He said as much in his characteristically upbeat manner:
“Asking me if they can win a championship is like asking me ‘Am I going to finish my plate of food?’ And the answer to that is hell yeah! Look, when you have a guy like Russell Westbrook and LeBron James on the same team, they weigh heavy on you.”
“2 of the most polarizing players of all time to ever play the game of basketball. And then you have Anthony Davis, right? Anthony Davis, when healthy, is one of the generational talents at the power forward position.”
“Russell Westbrook has never played with a big like Anthony Davis. Good luck trying to stop that pick-and-roll with Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis. And by the way, LeBron James needs Russell Westbrook for the simple fact that he’s getting up in age.”
“Russell Westbrook is still 32, which means he’s still in his prime. I’ve seen him getting out in transition, I’ve seen him posting up, I actually see them winning the West, I see them winning the title.”