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The Los Angeles Lakers are having a disappointing season struggling to stay in 9th place in the West after being one of the favorites to win it all entering the season. 

Russell Westbrook had all the hype when he was signed in the offseason. Big things were expected of him as he was a former MVP, a 9-time all-star, a 3-time season assist leader, and a 2-time scoring champ. It hasn’t been smooth sailing playing for his hometown team as he hasn’t been producing like he used to, and he has been severely criticized by fans and media alike. 

Safe to say things aren’t going as planned. And with only a couple months left in the regular season the Lakers are looking like they’re going to be stuck in the play-in unless they make a miraculous comeback run to sneak into the top 6 seeds. 

Russell Westbrook has been getting a lot of criticism for the Lakers’ struggles. Sometimes fair, sometimes unfair. He makes some mistakes here and there, but he still brings so much to the table that no one else can. He fights every single night and you cannot question his hustle and his heart for the game. 

With that being said, if the Lakers want to be successful this season, he has to be a part of it. Russell Westbrook is best when he gets his touches, when he has the ball and he can drive and make plays. He may not be the MVP player he once was, but he is still one of the best playmakers in the league. 

Russell Westbrook needs to be more involved and the Lakers need to get him his looks. Westbrook is a Laker at least until the end of this season, and if the Lakers will have to utilize him in the best way possible in order to have any chance at success.

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