Anthony Davis praised Russell Westbrook for his willingness to come off the bench as he feels Westbrook is doing his best to help the Los Angeles Lakers win. Late last week, the Lakers announced Westbrook would be coming off the bench.
On Sunday night, Westbrook delivered a good performance after entering the game off the bench. After coming off the bench, Westbrook played 32 minutes and had 18 points, along with eight rebounds and eight assists. The Lakers ended up beating the Denver Nuggets 121-110 for their first win of the season.
"To be a player of his caliber and asked to come off the bench, that's truly a guy doing whatever the team asks to get a win," Davis said of Westbrook, per ESPN. "Sacrifice his starting position for the betterment of the team.
He's flourished in that role. That's all we can ask for. I told him, 'Just keep what you're doing, man. Everything you're doing is unbelievable.' In the last two games, he just kind of been doing his thing. Proud of him."
Westbrook happy to see his teammates succeeding
The Lakers feel Westbrook can provide his best contribution by coming off the bench.
On Sunday night, Westbrook provided a spark that helped the Lakers beat the Nuggets. "I love seeing my teammates flourish, honestly," Westbrook said. "I get a joy by seeing others do great; my whole career, what lifts me up is to see others do well.
And tonight was that night to see guys making shots, competing, and that's all you can ask for." Meanwhile, James also seemingly praised Westbrook. After starting the season with a 0-5 record, the Lakers entered the Nuggets game determined to end their negative streak.
"We're all here for one reason, and that's to win," James said. "When guys' numbers are called or not called, we have to understand it's for the better of the team, not individuals. And tonight was one of those cases where guys stay ready, and guys who stayed ready and whose number wasn't called as much as it was before, but they were still locked in and cheering on the group, the group that was in there.
So that's what the team is all about." The Lakers will now have two days of rest before they host the New Orleans Pelicans.