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Westbrook after signing with the Lakers “a dream come true”

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“It’s not true, I guess I still haven’t figured it out… I come from Los Angeles where I grew up near here,” Westbrook NBA Player, who was born in the Los Angeles suburbs of the Washington Wizards, said with emotion as he posed proudly in front of the cameras in his new jersey. I was watching the Lakers rallies when he was crowned champion. It’s the life of a Lakers fan!”

Westbrook, 32, moved to the Lakers after he was exchanged with three players, Kyle Kuzma,

Monterzl Harrell and Kentavius ​​Caldwell-Pope, in addition to the 22nd selection in the “draft” designated for recruiting players from universities and foreigners Thursday, while the Wizards abandoned his choice in the second round. for Draft in 2024 and 2028.

Westbrook played 11 consecutive seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2008 to 2019, before moving to the Houston Rockets for the 2019-20 season and from there to the Wizards in December and contributed to reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2018.

Westbrook, along with Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, will be a powerful force in his quest to win the first league title in his career.

“My goal is to adapt to the team and make it better. There will be good and negative moments this season, and that’s normal. But we will find the best way to play together and win the title,” Westbrook continued.

Westbrook NBA Player averaged 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 11.7 assists per game for the Wizards last season.

Westbrook, after 14 years in the league, has built a reputation as an explosive player who is able to break through the opponent’s defences alone and achieve the “triple-double“, but the hateful tongues point the finger at his inability to play together and his wrong choices.

In this context, the new star of the Lakers reassured the club’s fans, saying, “My job is to find a way to make life easier for LeBron James, without possession of the ball. In basketball, there are many ways to influence during the game without having the ball.”

For his part, said Lakers coach Frank Vogel, “I think, when there are 3 great players in the team, the concept of sacrifice becomes fundamental and we are all on the same wave.”