Clippers head coach Tyronne Lue has made it clear why he’d keep recently signed Russell Westbrook out in the 4th and according to him, “he felt the team had caught a good rhythm and wanted to keep it rolling”. He also added he could have played Russell more.
The last time, Tyronne went honest about Russell Westbrook’s role with the Clippers via SI;
Clippers head coach Ty Lue also addressed the media on Wednesday, and was asked several questions about Westbrook’s role. An underlying theme from Lue’s comments is that Westbrook provides much of what the Clippers need.
“If he’s doing too much or not enough, I’ll let him know,” Lue said. “But we want him to be the player that he is, the MVP, the Hall-of-Famer, everything he brings every single night. We want him to be that person, that player. And then we’ve just got to make sure that it’s in the confines of our team and what we’re trying to do team-wise.”
Lue was asked about Westbrook’s ability to play off the ball, and quickly emphasized that he will have the ball in his hands as well.
“You don’t average a triple-double without having the ball in your hands,” Lue said. “We know he can make plays and make the right plays. The biggest thing is, when he is off the ball, what we’re going to do with him, how we’re going to use him. It’s going to take a little time. When you’re the MVP of the league and a Hall-of-Famer, you’ve got to change your game in some areas. So we’ve got to help him.”
Lue made sure to acknowledge that it will take time to fully integrate Westbrook into what the Clippers want to do; however, that does not mean the team expects him to change what makes him great. As Lue repeatedly emphasized, the team wants him to be who he is.
“It’s going to take a little time,” Lue said. “Because you’ve been used to playing a certain way, a certain style of basketball your whole career, and that’s what makes him Russell Westbrook. So we don’t want to take that away from him at all. But when he is off the ball, just finding things he can do off the ball that impacts the game and impacts winning and impacts our team, as well. So we will do that.”
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