Shaquille Oâ€™Neal is familiar with a point or two about championship accomplishment, and he has some questions about how the star-studded Lakers are going to realise their title aspirations this year.
â€œI observed when they manufactured the trade for Russ, but it wasnâ€™t like no, â€˜OOOO!â€™â€ Oâ€™Neal explained to the LA Occasions. â€œWho are the main two men? Is everyone else heading to perform their roles?â€
As far as Shaq is anxious, the Lakersâ€™ fortunes will largely come down to how very well everyone falls into line, and that contains the usually ball-dominant Russell Westbrook.
â€œThey nonetheless will need purpose players, right?â€ Oâ€™Neal said. â€œI see Russ as a function participant, a damned superior one particular, but heâ€™s a part participant. Itâ€™s LeBron initially, Ad 2nd and then Russ. He can get his things on the split.â€
Westbrook has struggled immensely considering the fact that arriving in LA. Most recently, in Tuesdayâ€™s opening evening reduction to the Golden Condition Warriors, he concluded with 8 points and 4 turnovers on 4-13 shooting.Â
With just just one working day of the NBA frequent season in the publications, it is clearly considerably also early to overreact. The Lakers have plenty of time to determine it out.
But it is good to presume the nature of Westbrookâ€™s video game wonâ€™t make it easy.