Rob Parker: “I am suspicious and concerned about Darvin’s remarks. I think the Lakers made the right call in signing him, but he’s hitching his cart to something that just isn’t working. Darvin, don’t accept Russ. He proved last year that he doesn’t work with the Lakers. That’s not to say Westbrook can’t play in the league, there’s definitely a place for him. But LA isn’t that, and Darvin shouldn’t prematurely tie his wagon to it.
Chris Broussard: “I don’t know if Darvin’s comments are coming from the front office, as he spoke enthusiastically about himself and the possibilities of him being there. Maybe the front desk told him he would be too hard to move, and they really can’t move him because they need their picks. The good thing is that Russ only has one year left on his contract, so it’s not like they have to have him on the books for an extended period. So maybe the front office feels it’s better to take a chance, rather than giving up picks or tying the team to another bad contract. On the other hand, this could all be a smokescreen to increase its value.
The odd coupleit is Chris Brossard and Rob Parker react to news Lakers the head coach Darvin Hamthe comments of Russell Westbrook. Rob thinks the Lakers would be foolish to bring Russ back and tie their cart to him for another year. While Chris feels the front office likely has influence in his comments, his statement comes from a realistic perspective.