On Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers announced the departure of head coach Frank Vogel. Since the announcement, Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook has addressed the ‘disconnect’ between himself and Vogel.
The news comes after the conclusion of a disappointing season for the Lakers.
“I think it’s unfortunate, to be honest, because I’ve never had am issue with any of my coaches before,” Westbrook said. “I’m not sure what his issue was with me or I’m not sure why, but I can’t really give you an answer to why we never really connected.”
Westbrook struggled to hit the ground running in his first season with the Lakers.
He adds: “When I first got here, the ability to be able to do what I’m able to do for a team and an organisation wasn’t given a fair chance.”
He goes onto attribute ‘made-up stories’ to part of the reason he failed to hit his stride across the season.
“The famous ‘source’ stories that came out about myself, whether it be between me and the staff, me and Frank, me and the fans, there’s just so many made-up stories that are not true,” Westbrook continued.
The 33-year-old is yet to make a decision on whether or not he will exercise his player option for the upcoming season.