Following his return to Los Angeles to join the Lakers, Russell Westbrook said he was eager to help and learn from LeBron James.
“I will always stay true to who I am,” the nine-time All-Star said Tuesday. “But with that said, I’ll also make sure that I am able to listen and be all ears because I am coming to an unbelievable organization and a team with players that I’m able to learn from.”
Westbrook said James was one of the best players in basketball history, and he is excited to provide assists to the four-time champion.
“I’m coming to a championship-caliber team and my job is make sure that I’m able to make his game easy for him, and I’ll find ways to do that throughout the game,” Westbrook said. “As it pertains to ball handling and all that, it really doesn’t matter. There are many different ways you can impact the game without having the ball in your hands.”
In 2017, Westbrook became the second player to average a triple-double during the regular season. The 32-year-old has now averaged a triple-double in four seasons. In fact, he is the all-time leader in the category.
Last season, he averaged 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 11.7 assists per game when he played for the Washington Wizards.
Next season will be his 14th in the NBA.
Westbrook said he is pleased to help the Lakers get their hands on the championship trophy for the 18th time at the end of next season.
“It’s my job to do what I’m supposed to do and make sure we have a chance to compete for a championship,” he said.
The NBA regular season begins on October 19.