Colin Cowherd: “Boats don’t sink because of the water around them, boats sink because of the water you let into the boat. LeBron let Westbrook into the Lakers. This was going to be a great year and now they’re sinking.
The Los Angeles Lakers are in a real mess right now. Aside from the fact that they haven’t been winning basketball games, the newest controversy to rock the squad was Frank Vogel’s shocking decision to bench Russell Westbrook in the closing minutes of Wednesday’s 111-104 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Reports have already emerged about Russ being incensed by this decision to the point of the former MVP nearly walking out of the court during the game.
That turning point laid the foundation for where the Lakers (22-23) are at now: Since Dec. 28, James has produced MVP-quality figures, averaging 31.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists on 51.6% shooting and nearly 40% from deep. He’s had games where he’s wrecked opponents on defense as well,averaging 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks largely working from the back line of the defense where he can hunt strips from opposing big men. Westbrook, on the other hand, has nosedived.