Stephen A. reacts to Russell Westbrook joining LeBron and the Lakers | Get Up

Stephen A. reacts to Russell Westbrook joining LeBron and the Lakers | Get Up
Stephen A. Smith and Kendrick Perkins react to Russell Westbrook joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the Los Angeles Lakers.
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100+ komentarze:

mindful attraction
mindful attraction:
This aged like a raw 🥚🍳
ESSJ333
ESSJ333:
I'm so looking forward to see this implode, AD will be injury prone, LeBron will have to carry the team and Russ will overplay and clash with LeBron and they will fall apart.
The Truth Is Real
The Truth Is Real:
I literally came back to just see these ridiculous analysts talk so highly about the Lakers with Westbrook to win the championship and can co-exist and the Nets has the best odds to win the title
SW8G MASTER
SW8G MASTER:
Wow it's actually incredible how legit every argument they made turned out to be wrong
Garrett Graf
Garrett Graf:
"They're going to get it done" That aged well. lol
ayá kid
ayá kid:
"Anthony Davis healthy is still the best Big in the game today"
Giannis: Hold my non-super team ring
parker1981xxx
parker1981xxx:
I like Stephen A and Kendrick's joint chemistry. Even if they have totally opposite views (just as this RW issue), their conversation is still very enjoyable and stress-free.
Ryan Robinson
Ryan Robinson:
"Anthony Davis is still the best big in the game"

Giannis Antetokounmpo has entered the chat.
wilsonsmanz
wilsonsmanz:
Russell Westbook knows the Lebron James System very well. The only problem is, he plays the Lebron James in that system.
Drip LLC
Drip LLC:
LeBron and Anthony Davis are enough to win the finals. Westbrook's job is to get them they're fresh and healthy by carrying some of the load during the regular season
Krocodockle
Krocodockle:
The Lakers will understand where they went wrong when they look at their elimination game and see their opponent scored 142 points while Westbrook and Melo combined for 7 of 32 shooting.
jcostello69
jcostello69:
I love Kendrick talking up Rondo!!!! Man, if Westbrook focuses on rebounds, assists and THEN occasional shooting, the Lakers would be a load as long as LBJ and AD are healthy.
echaidlehands
echaidlehands:
the more i watch superteam..., the more i respect Giannis ..,hands down to that man..😏
Tripp McGee
Tripp McGee:
A Russell Westbrook vs kd reunion in the finals would be legendary
Swervey
Swervey:
Tbh just like with the Miami Heat they have to take a role as 1st, 2nd and 3rd options and LeBron would have to be third, AD second, Westbrook first option. Westbrook will not be like Wade and play second option and LeBron to keep his minutes down will be third option but I can see him and AD switching roles often based on minutes played.
J3 Fitness
J3 Fitness:
This feels like a “last hurrah” by the Lakers with LeBron.
Khoa Do
Khoa Do:
Lebron's ex decided to team up with a guy who's trying to take his throne; KD. Now KD's ex is teaming up with Lebron.... this can be an MTV show tbh
Archeluas V
Archeluas V:
I think this will only work if they spend most of the game on different rotations. Lebron may even want to play with second team more without ad. The first half of the 1st qtr and last half of 4th is the only time they should share the floor.,whoever has hot hand leads.
John Ferguson
John Ferguson:
The real question is which big three is less injury prone?
krisko713daclarke
krisko713daclarke:
Brodie's been one of my favorite players since he came into the league. I was excited when he joined my Rockets just to see him leave cuz James didn't wanna play off-ball. Now let's see how much Lebron's willing to play off-ball. I'm far from a Lebron fan, but I'm certain he'll bring the best outta Brodie.
NP148
NP148:
Stephen A made the perfect argument about the Rondo/LeBron situation brought up by Perk. Rondo is a pass first guy which is why he never averaged 20ppg and James knew he'd be getting the ball back. Westbrook may have lead the league in assists, but he'll also look to shoot which is why he averaged 20+ppg
William.Harris@gmail.com Harris
[email protected] Harris:
I Always wanted to see LeBron and Russell play together. Now we get a chance to see how things will work out. I hope it's western conference and the NBA finals!!
Ai Sound Design
Ai Sound Design:
If there is a lesson to be learned from this years playoffs and finals it should be the vulnerability of the "super team." Right now, most likely, Lebron, KD, or Kahwi should have another ring, but with the injuries that didn't happen. It could also be noted that when Giannis went down the Bucks still played great because they had a solid roster and everybody stepped up -didn't they win all their games against the Hawks without him? The Lakers will be fun but their margin of error is slim to none.
Paco A
Paco A:
Lakers offense isn't going to be stagnant after LeBron James goes to the bench I can guarantee you that.
Daniel Flores Caceres
Daniel Flores Caceres:
Westbrook is a good addition, but the Lakers need to sign more 3 point shooters that shoot a high percentage to battle teams like the Blazers, Suns, Spurs, etc. It can't be just isolation James and Davis everyone else get the rebound.
Shon Holmes
Shon Holmes:
Now they still need a marksman. Someone that can shoot with his eyes closed, from anywhere on the court.
Bob D
Bob D:
These takes didn’t age well lol
Brad
Brad:
Loved seeing a team EARN a championship this year instead of buying it with a "Dream Team"
Panther Gawwwddd
Panther Gawwwddd:
Listen I'm not saying Russ doesn't help this team, but the fit is indeed questionable. Russ is my fav player all time but his shot selection and decision making are not great. Not to mention that spacing is a REAL problem. One of those three is going to have to start hitting from outside on an elite level regularly and that's kinda of a tall task for these three.
In 2 Minutes Or Less
In 2 Minutes Or Less:
100%! Stephen A. is the man. Spot on analysis!
TheFnames
TheFnames:
I can see him dominating with a second unit, the depth that the Lakers lost tho is a big hit
M M
M M:
In the playoffs, decision-making is crucial in the half-court. Westbrook can pass so he can rack up assists. I just don't think he makes great decisions which will mean Lebron will run the point more. That will make Westbrook a shooter and he doesnt shoot well. As a Lakers fan, I hope this works but I don't see it right now.
Kingston Shacklebolt
Kingston Shacklebolt:
*Everyone* has seemed to forgotten that durability is just as important of a stat as shooting, passing, free throws, turnovers, etc.... If your team cannot stay on the court, especially during critical times, you are *NOT* a championship team, I don't care who is on the team. That is why the Nets where not a championship team last year. Their players had no durability whatsoever. Same with the Lakers last year.
Anthony Banks
Anthony Banks:
The biggest question for the Lakers has been and still will be can Anthony Davis play the 5 in crunch time because Giannis can it adds a whole new dimension to the team…the more AD can play the 5 the easier it’ll be for his team to score
YK_Beats
YK_Beats:
I would love to see Lakers vs nets both at 100% in the finals
Jay Crib
Jay Crib:
Perk cracks me up😂 “you cant have beans and corn bread without basketball yall”
Brotha Clutch
Brotha Clutch:
I wonder who their shooters are gonna be....this smells like a desperate move, hope it plays out well for them
Mackdaknife6669
Mackdaknife6669:
A Russell Westbrook vs kd reunion in the finals would be legendary
vbddfy euuyt
vbddfy euuyt:
Perk cracks me up😂 “you cant have beans and corn bread without basketball yall”
Onyx_Rooster
Onyx_Rooster:
Nets vs. Lakers in the finals would be such an amazing story. Bron vs. Kyrie, Bron vs. KD (again), KD vs. Russ, and Harden vs. Russ.
Sheesh.
John Eaves
John Eaves:
RW had his chance n 2011 but OKC winning didn't fit narrative of NBA officials. Thunder were getting abused like a game of NBA Jam & no fouls called n last few minutes of series.
psp785
psp785:
I find it hard to believe Perkins played in the league sometimes with his takes.
TheMovieEditor
TheMovieEditor:
I've never seen an all time great play with so many tops players EVER. D Wade, Bosch,Kyrie,love,Anthony Davis,and Westbrook.....and that's just to name the players with 5+ all star appearances or better! All hall of famers beside Love and that's ONLY because the last 2 years after lebron left he fell off a cliff and was injured.

Not even bringing up Ray Allen, rhondo, Derek rose, klye korver or any of the once all star players on the above list

If lebron can't get 6 rings with ALL THIS HELP HES HAD SINCE 2010....I'm dripping him out my top 3.

The Jordan debates gone, prime Lebron's gone and now he's getting towards his carry me phase. Can already see a drop off in play. If they win some chips from here out it will be Westbrook and Davis doing as much or more then lebron
ItsMyQ
ItsMyQ:
Perk is the first analyst I’ve heard mention Lebron being the third option. When I saw the Westbrook trade I instantly thought of that being the best option IMO. Kendrick Perkins knows the game and is a fantastic analyst
Artemis S. Reinhold
Artemis S. Reinhold:
"We dont give Westbrook enough credit for his decision making.."
hahahahahaha!
Marquitos Roque Jr
Marquitos Roque Jr:
Bro I just hope Lebron isn’t done cause that’s feeling I’m getting and I grew up watching him dominate 😭
Cam
Cam:
This is actually a really smart move simply because it’ll take a lot of strain off Bron and AD in regular season
dtownboogieb
dtownboogieb:
They need consistent shooters on the perimeter. Westbrook has never been a consistent shooter, and never will. Therefore, whenever they'll get deep in the playoffs but not winning it all without consistent shooters. Dwayne Wade was already proven b4 he teamed with LeBron and most importantly he had developed a consistent jump shot that Westbrook lacks during crunch time of the playoffs
Willis 6
Willis 6:
Perkins is wrong here. Some players don’t play well together irrespective of talent. Lakers have a shooting issue and they just gave up their best shooter for one of the leagues worst. They picked up some speed but gave up their depth
vishal karna
vishal karna:
There is nothing dangerous with Westbrook-AD combo as Perkins has mentioned. AD does not play as a Center or Power Forward instead plays like SF and way too much dribbling and most of the time on the floor with balance lost. Otherwise on Bench missing games due to injury. He and Embidd both hit the deck so many times due to their style of plays. If AD plays as a true center or power forward with solid footwork in post, he then can be consistently effective. And Russell has reckless playing style. Both Russ and Lebron are pathetic free throw shooters and poor 3 point shooters. Russ is upgrade from kux+kcp+trez combo for sure but Suns, Bucks, Nets, Clippers are still better teams than lakers.
Austrin Alick
Austrin Alick:
Russ being back home and with to top 5 players in the league rn, he’ll be killing it every single game! Just need to stay injury free.
Quentin Mallard
Quentin Mallard:
2 of the best lane drivers to ever do it on the same squad 🔥🔥🔥
Alex Shelton
Alex Shelton:
I'm a laker fan.. But honestly I don't think this would work unless Westbrook is the leader of the second unit.. If they could bring rondo back and put him at the start with lebron and Ad.. Or Caruso.. Then Westbrook comes in with tht and Dwight at center.. That would be scary
Military Street Minded
Military Street Minded:
They still need good chemistry & health for it to make a difference. I hope they gel. It'll be something to see.
Glizzy Mixtapes
Glizzy Mixtapes:
Imagine they had Rondo starting with buddy hield still shooting 10 threes a game rn or more because of his spacing.
Ali Khan
Ali Khan:
Here's what I say. If Russell only takes 10 shots a game, then great.

Then if the big 2 r injured again, & Russell needs to score, then Lakers r in trouble again.

LBJ will retire with 4 chips.
T X
T X:
Hope the best for them 🤝🏽🤴🏾
Lets Build That App
Lets Build That App:
They're no longer in their prime, it'll be tough injury wise.
ShamimM
ShamimM:
We need a Nets vs Lakers final already. Let’s go!
Yao
Yao:
Lol Drummond will have the least rebounds he’s ever had in his career
Matthew Oltman
Matthew Oltman:
Anyone who knows basketball knows that this trade was mediocre at best. The real winners in this one were the Wizards for clearing up cap space and adding two potential playmakers. Buddy heild would have made sense for our outer perimeter issues. Oh well.
Dursnake(🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍)
Dursnake(🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍):
I mean if Russ played like he did with Houston, instead of him in playoffs and lakers play like they did in the bubble it could be interesting
keveth01
keveth01:
Yesssss! Can't wait to see him play with bronn and davis.🏀
Mike Major
Mike Major:
Did Perk just say “although he’s played with me?” 😂
Bronx General
Bronx General:
Westbrook is my favourite player in the NBA but I don't think this is a good trade for him. No matter what Brooklyn bring the title to NYC next year
Jeremy Berry
Jeremy Berry:
I mea rondo has 2 rings with 2 of the most legendary franchises in history and he played a major part in each run... I’m most sure why they discussing rondo with Westbrook even in a hypothetical... rondo different and he’s accomplished 2x champ... they coulda found somebody else to play with
Venturer
Venturer:
2010-2014 Miami Heat (2021 Lakers)

Dwayne Wade (Russell WestBrick)
Lebron James (LeGm)
Chris Bosh (A’njury Davis)

This could work. Can’t wait for the next season! 👍
PC_Dev Prod
PC_Dev Prod:
I never thought my favorite team would have a mid age triple double man and an old triple double team
Ismail Mohamud
Ismail Mohamud:
3:31 the smartest and most truthful thing Perkins has ever said in his time on tv
Jayson Laluna
Jayson Laluna:
Amazing comparison of Westbrook and Rondo from Stephen A.
RuTo
RuTo:
Really hope the chemistry between Lebron and Davis gonna work out.
I’m a Depressed Detroit Fan
I’m a Depressed Detroit Fan:
“ The Lakers gave up a lot” No not really
Joe
Joe:
I can see them contending, congrats to Westbrook going back home.
M A K O
M A K O:
Bron has had the best lineup of teammates ever . Wow
Mel Fox
Mel Fox:
Russ has to really adjust his game to something different. I am not quiet sure if he can do it.
Russ playing his style might help them through the regular season and allow LeBron and AD to sort of load management.
If there was a way to make Russ defer and make him an efficient player for a title,
he might:
1. take less jumpers and be willing to less be a ballhog
2. attack the rim like on 2nd year in Houston (should result in 6 free throws per game)
3. improve his free throw shooting to his OKC days
4. use way more energy on defense and become one of the NBA's top defending guards (Marcus Smart level)
5. stop stat chasing. He should land somewhere 15-8-7 with hopefully 2 steals per game and not more than 3 turnovers per game while shooting 45% from the field and barely taking 3s.

If he was unwilling to sacrifize, I would try making him an elite 6th man who get's a lot of minutes when LeBron or AD is on the bench.
In a scenario Russ being Russ, the Lakers would not get out of the first round. So I hope him to adopt to his final chance of winning a ring in his prime.
Freckley
Freckley:
What if the Lakers went after K. Love for shooting? I think that's all they'd need for that at first.
SnK Aron
SnK Aron:
Honestly, I just wanna hurry and see Westbrook in action on the Lakers...
Cory Hill
Cory Hill:
Stephen A Smith: People say Russel is selfish, he ain't selfish

Also Stephen A Smith: Russel jacks up shots he ain't supposed to be jacking up


Everyone: That's what we mean by he's selfish Stephen!
Ken Stanaford
Ken Stanaford:
You gotta get a few more huge scoring threats so The Defense can't actually focus on Lebron,, He folds. Good move Lakers.
Oscar Olejnik
Oscar Olejnik:
Westbrook needs to be the third option for this team to work
Teacher Brad
Teacher Brad:
The finals that we all can't wait to see: Nets vs Lakers. NBA 2021-2022 season gonna be fun to watch.
Anas Bananas
Anas Bananas:
I know Perkins did not just say LeBron is willing to be a third option guy lmfao
Carlo V 😈
Carlo V 😈:
definitely gonna have a title run.. Westbrook, A.D. ,Lebron gonna be SHOWTIME WATCH AND 👀
so what!
so what!:
LEBRON needs to work on building team chemistry & stop swapping-out players every season, that's a wack formula for championships 💯
cqvio doli
cqvio doli:
I can’t watch Perk no mo w/o laughing at that “300+ M. Chestnut” statement.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😭💀🧨🔥
Andre Nelson
Andre Nelson:
Man big ups to Steph and Giannis. The only two players who have won tht L.O.B. trophy in recent years through team build, NOT CHASING RINGS! To compete used to mean a lot more
x6King6x
x6King6x:
This team is like another version of the Heat really. But Bron might be the one stepping back cuz of his age but when playoff times come he's the 1st option.
Doug Goldwater
Doug Goldwater:
"AD is the best big in the league when healthy"
Giannis- "And I took that personally."
LGprtII
LGprtII:
I'm here after the Lakers loss to the Bucks.
Sports media is hilarious. Fickle and hilarious. 😁😁
cnmmd qiuoo
cnmmd qiuoo:
Perk cracks me up😂 “you cant have beans and corn bread without basketball yall”
Jar Head
Jar Head:
I can’t watch Perk no mo w/o laughing at that “300+ M. Chestnut” statement.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😭💀🧨🔥
young minds
young minds:
Stephen A was accurate on the difference between passing to Rondo and Russ… with Rondo you can get the ball back. Great point. They play the point differently and that’s to be acknowledged. Russ is great in his own right.
IXIX MCMLXXXII
IXIX MCMLXXXII:
I think Russ will pass first just because he wants to win a championship…
russell mania
russell mania:
Every time Westbrook jack up one of them deep 3's, i hold my breath hahahaha!
The Poster King
The Poster King:
David Fizdale pace n space .Finally has someone like rondo to run offense when he rest!Pushing pace,etc
Dry Rain
Dry Rain:
westbrook will just hug the ball however he can and will score, i bet he will be the hardest working player in the court out of them
Saul Chavez
Saul Chavez:
They gonna miss Caldwell pope
Knockdown shooter and a good defender
Big part of them winning the championship in the bubble
Katie Brown
Katie Brown:
Well perkins you were wrong. 9 months later the Lakers eliminated from the playoffs. 😫
Mathias Kanuck
Mathias Kanuck:
When you're willing to kill the competition, the NBA's reputation, and all the fun for a "championship"
Dylan We
Dylan We:
Russell Westbrook and lebron is 2 of the most stand up guys in the league they are some of the best leaders ever 2 good leaders working together is gonna make it work they gone come up with a plan