“He should come off the bench”- Russell Westbrook gets ‘tough and ultimate’ suggestion from former teammate Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins is of the opinion that if Westbrook starts coming off the bench, it would be better for the Lakers. 

Kendrick Perkins with a tough suggestion for Russell Westbrook
Kendrick Perkins with a tough suggestion for Russell Westbrook

Kendrick Perkins made a very big statement about Russell Westbrook on ESPN show First Take. Perkins suggested that the Lakers would be better off if Westbrook came off the bench. This comes after Westbrook was benched by Frank Vogel in the 4th quarter against the Indiana Pacers. The Lakers still lost that game.

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook

The 2017 MVP finally had an above decent game on Friday night as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the league’s worst team Orlando Magic 116-105. However, Lakers fans still expect and want more from him. The Lakers improve their record to 23-23 and move to the 7th spot in the Western Conference with their 32 games remaining in the season.

Frank Vogel and Russel Westbrook
Frank Vogel and Russel Westbrook

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LeBron James extended his 25+ point games streak to 16 games, as he scored 29 points. James also had seven rebounds, five assists, a steal, and a block to his name. Malik Monk and Stanley Johnson had 10 and 11 points respectively off the bench. Carmelo Anthony was red hot during his time on the floor as he went 8-13 from the field and 4-5 from downtown for a 23 point effort.

LeBron James
LeBron James – Los Angeles Lakers

Russell Westbrook had a good game, being efficient 8-17 from the field, scoring 18 points in the process. He also had 11 rebounds and seven assists. He had his most efficient night of January, shooting at 47% from the field. He also did well to not hurt the team by taking unnecessary three-pointers. He took just one three-pointer which he missed, unfortunately.

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook

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Russell Westbrook can be aggressive off the bench: Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins had a hard suggestion for his former teammate Russell Westbrook. Perkins suggested Westbrook starts coming off the bench which would be better for the Lakers. 

Perkins was asked whether the Lakers should consider playing Westbrook off the bench, to which he replied – “For the Lakers, yes! I think Russ has reached a point in his career and it’s okay ’cause everyone goes through it as a player. For Russ, I don’t think it is a bad thing… it’s not about who starts the game, it’s about who finishes the game. Move LeBron James to starting point guard and have Russ coming off the bench. And now he can be Russell Westbrook. He could be aggressive. I hate to say it, as of today, yes, it’s time for Russell Westbrook to come off the bench.”

Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers

Some legends like Michael Jordan, Dirk Nowitzki, Ray Allen etc. used to come off the bench as well. But they did so towards the end of their careers. With Westbrook still at 33 years of age, he has a lot of time to play his best basketball. Having said that, it will be his performances that will help the teams decide his position.

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