Vogel wants 'aggressive' Westbrook

22 October 2021 19:03:45 GMTPlus11
Vogel defends Westbrook start

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel says Russell Westbrook is still adapting after joining the team over the summer and has urged his star recruit to be "aggressive".

 

The Lakers take on Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center on Friday and are 10/13 to win in the Money Line.

Westbrook settling in

Westbrook moved to LA from Washington Wizards over the summer to form a big three with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

The 2017 MVP has averaged a triple-double in four of the last five seasons, including last year with the Wizards, but struggled on his Lakers debut as they slipped to a 121-114 loss to Golden State Warriors.

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Westbrook managed just eight points, five rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes against the Warriors, but Vogel is convinced the 32-year-old can establish himself as a key player for the Lakers once he has adjusted to his new team.

"It's difficult when you are used to being the guy that has the ball most nights to be able to play off of others like Bron and AD. So it's just a little bit different for him. He’s going to be great for us, but it's going to be an adjustment period," Vogel said after the loss to Golden State, via Fadeaway World.

"We want him to be aggressive. That part is easy. He'll stay aggressive, he'll stay in attack mode. It's just figuring out the teammates around him and that'll come."

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