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Russell Westbrook addresses sideline flare-up, Lakers slow start

Lakers Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is the latest member of the Los Angeles Lakers to address the team’s poor start to the 2021-22 season. The new star point guard in town told reporters on Saturday that he isn’t worried about the Lakers’ 0-2 start and sideline altercation between Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard.

Los Angeles lost all four of their preseason games and dropped their first two regular-season contests to the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns. Westbrook pointed out that both teams, which project to be playoff-caliber, have built up plenty of chemistry, something the Lakers haven’t had the time together to do. He told reporters that the season is too long to dwell on a slow start.

“I never panic throughout a season,” Westbrook said. “Especially at the start of a season. There’s really no need to. The season’s too long…Yes, it’s good to get off on a good start and feel good about yourself, but especially me, personally, I like to make sure that I’m, as the season moves on, constantly getting better and better and better…”

A reporter asked Westbrook about the incident between Davis and Howard. Westbrook said the Lakers didn’t even address the day after it happened. He also mentioned how he and his teammates have to get used to each other’s on-court tendencies.

“We’re all adjusting to one another, and that’s a process. It isn’t gonna happen within the first week of the season. We know that — or at least I do — and I’m okay with the struggle and figuring it out.”

Los Angeles’ next shot at their first win of the season against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday at home.