Analyst Chris Broussard believes that Russell Westbrook is more of a winner than former legend Steve Nash, and can’t be hated anymore if Brodie helps the Lakers win a title the upcoming year.
Russell Westbrook is a freak of nature. Brodie is easily one of the best players of this era, and amongst the greatest point guards to grace the league. The 6-foot-3 guard is an explosive player who is known for recording triple-doubles at will.
This past season, Westbrook was in a deal that landed him on the Washington Wizards along sides superstar Bradley Beal. Everyone expected the All-Star duo of Westbrook and Beal to transform the Wizards into a playoffs bound team from the lottery team they have been for over the past few years. And the duo managed to live up to everyone’s expectations, making a late playoffs push to grab the 8th seed of the Eastern Conference with an impressive 34-48 record.
However, all their efforts went into vain as the Philadelphia 76ers managed to hand the Wizards a gentlemen’s sweep in the first round of the postseason itself. Despite averaging yet another triple-double this season, the narrative of Westbrook being unable to win sadly continues to live on.
Russ is a 9-time All-Star, 9-time All-NBA, 2017 MVP and a 2-time Scoring Champ. Sadly, the only feat missing from his illustrious resume is a long-coveted NBA championship. However, now that Brodie has joined forces with LeBron James and Anthony Davis at Los Angeles Lakers, several analysts and fans believe that the former UCLA Bruin could very well lift his first-ever Larry O’Brien trophy at the end of the next season.
“There can be no detractors if Russell Westbrook helps the Los Angeles Lakers win the 2022 NBA title”: Chris Broussard
Analyst Chris Broussard is one of the people who are of the opinion that the notion that Russ can’t win, is overemphasized. Broussard further said that the newest Laker superstar is more of a winner than NBA legend Steve Nash ever was. On “UNDISPUTED”, Chris further said:
“If he (Russell Westbrook) wins a championship, and I’m assuming he plays a big role in winning a championship… If they (Los Angeles Lakers) win a championship, and he’s a role player, averaging 13 points a game and not playing as many minutes down the stretch, that doesn’t help him that much. But if he wins the championship as part of a legit big three, and he is valuable and you see his contributions… there can be no detractors”
“This dude has accomplished everything individually. Got the MVP award, four times averaged a triple-double which no one in the history of basketball has done, 9-time All-NBA. And the winning… I know he hasn’t won a championship. But the notion that he can’t win at all is overstated.”
“He’s been to the NBA Finals, he’s played in four Conference Finals. He has won more than Steve Nash. And Steve Nash had great teams too – Amar’e Stoudemire, Joe Johnson, Shawn Marion. Westbrook has won more than Nash. So I’m just saying, he is not this loser where there’s no way he can win. He just hasn’t won a championship.”
“The notion that Russ can’t win is overstated. He’s been to the NBA Finals, he’s played in 4 Conference Finals. He’s won more than Steve Nash, and Nash had great teams too. Russ is not this loser where there’s no way he can win.”
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) August 3, 2021
No doubt Westbrook has had a great Hall-Of-Fame type of career. We will just have to wait and see if this is the year that Russell Westbrook finally wins that long-awaited ring.