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What LeBron James told to watch Russell Westbrook after disappointing Lakers debut

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Following a lackluster Los Angeles Lakers debut for Russell Westbrook, LeBron James had some advice.

Laugh it off with a funny flick.

"I told (Westbrook) to go home and watch a comedy," James told reporters after the Lakers lost to the Golden State Warriors 121-114 to open the 2021-22 season. "Do something that can put a smile on his face."

In 35 minutes, Westbrook managed eight points on 4-for-13 shooting (0-for-4 from three) with four turnovers and a game-worst plus/minus (minus-23).

"I just don't want him to be so hard on himself," said James, who scored 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. "That was the one thing that I hoped to get through to him, don't be so hard on himself."

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6, left) and guard Russell Westbrook (0) sit on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6, left) and guard Russell Westbrook (0) sit on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center.

Anthony Davis (33 points, 11 rebounds) said James gave him a similar message after losing in his Lakers debut in 2019; James had suffered a defeat in his first game a year earlier.

"He's laughing. He's joking on the phone. And I'm like, 'Why am I upset then?'" Davis recalled. "And I kind of just went with the flow. And it's the same thing with Russ. And I told him the same thing. 'I'm the same way you were.' We said some things to him, and he smiled and things like that, so I expect him to be better in the game Friday."

As for Westbrook's side of the conversation, the California native said:

"We talked."

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 21 points in a triple-double (10 rebounds, 10 assists) performance. The Lakers will host the defending Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns on Friday.

Follow Chris Bumbaca on Twitter @BOOMbaca.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: LeBron James tells Russell Westbrook after Lakers debut to watch movie