Of the available options to improve their roster this offseason, it’s clear that Russell Westbrook was the Lakers’ top choice. There are legitimate concerns that his poor shooting could shrink the floor for his new superstar teammates, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but it’s also obvious that the Lakers are more excited about what he can do well than concerned about what he can’t.
Even so, the team is still going to have to make three stars who aren’t known for their 3-point shooting fit together without cramping the floor too much. Adding shooters in free agency could help, but it sounds like James, Davis and Westbrook are already planning out ways to open up the court for themselves.
According to Brad Turner of the L.A. Times, the Lakers’ three new superstars first plotted out their union during a dinner at James’ house in Los Angeles, a meal over which all three All-Stars committed to doing whatever was necessary to fit together:
They talked about putting their egos aside and playing as one in their quest to bring the Lakers another NBA championship. Westbrook talked about how his only intention was winning and coming back home to Los Angeles to become a champion.
James and Davis talked about the two of them changing positions if that was best for the team — James moving from small forward to power forward and Davis from power forward to center.
Westbrook let James and Davis know he doesn’t mind playing off the ball when James initiates the offense, something he did while playing alongside James Harden with the Houston Rockets.