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Rob Pelinka: Russell Westbrook is a great part of our team










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Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Darvin Ham on how he’ll decide who starts in the backcourt, including Westbrook: “Guys that who are going out there to get stops. He’s told me personally he’s going to commit to that side of the ball. That’s what camp is for. We’ll see.” – 2:30 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Rob Pelinka says that Dennis Schroder is dealing with a visa issue that could cause him to miss up to the first week of camp. Troy Brown Jr. (back) and Lonnie Walker (ankle) have minor injuries the team is monitoring going into camp. – 2:22 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Dennis Schröder is not at Lakers Media Day as he works through visa issues, which Rob Pelinka said was normal and expected. – 2:22 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Rob Pelinka adds that Dennis Schroder is working through a visa issue (which is normal he said). Troy Brown Jr. has a back issue that will keep him out of contact work for a while, Lonnie Walker has an ankle issue. Kendrick Nunn has been cleared for all contact work. – 2:22 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Rob Pelinka said he hopes Dennis Schroder arrives “within the next week” because he’s getting his visa situated. Pelinka also announced minor injuries for Lonnie Walker (ankle) and Troy Brown Jr. (back). Kendrick Nunn has been cleared for all drills. – 2:21 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Darvin Ham said plan is to have a “one in” offense, to always have a threat near the rim then spacing around them “to make it hard to double.” Anthony Davis on the left block is one offensive focus, plus LeBron at the elbow and more Westbrook post ups. – 2:20 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Rob Pelinka: “LeBron committed to our organization. We’re going to commit to him.” Pelinka stressed that team is willing to trade their draft picks, but that it has to be the right deal – 2:20 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
If LAL’s wing depth isn’t as prominent as its guard depth, Rob Pelinka said Patrick Beverley (who can guard up positions) and Dennis Schroder can mitigate some of that with their aggression and activity. Also cited Juan Toscano-Anderson’s toughness as fitting Darvin Ham’s style. – 2:15 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
“We have one of the great players of all time on our team in LeBron James, and he committed to us long term (with contract extension)… we’re committed to putting the best team around LeBron as long as its a smart trade.” Lakers GM Rob Pelinka – 2:15 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Rob Pelinka on the Lakers potentially trading their picks: “Let me be abundantly clear … (LeBron) committed to our organization, we’re going to commit to him – including those picks – to see him to the finish line.” He emphasizes that they only get one shot to trade the picks. – 2:14 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
When Rob Pelinka was asked how committed they are to Russell Westbrook, Pelinka said “for any player on our team, you always have to be reevaluating our roster.” But Pelinka expressed confidence in how Westbrook will play this season – 2:14 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Rob Pelinka says that the Lakers will do everything they can to improve the roster — including trading first-round picks — because of the commitment that LeBron James gave them this summer by signing an extension. – 2:14 PM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Rob Pelinka was asked how committed the Lakers are to Russ. He said if they need to upgrade the roster, they will. But he added that he thinks Russ is “a great part of our team,” adding he thinks Ham is gonna bring out the best in him. – 2:13 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Pushed by @Bill Plaschke if he can commit to Russell Westbrook’s future on the team, Pelinka said he will be looking at the roster and opportunities to upgrade. But adds Westbrook is one of the great players in the game, and Ham will bring “another level” out of him this year. – 2:13 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
“We’re a ways away,” Ham says when asked about who starts in the backcourt, specifically regarding Westbrook. Lots of options. No commitment to having him start. BK – 2:11 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers coach Darvin Ham said it’s too early to break down the depth chart. But when I asked if Russell Westbrook is the definitive starter this season, Ham said “we have a lot of options.” – 2:10 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Darvin Ham said he has not determined a starting lineup yet when asked about Russell Westbrook starting or coming off the bench. – 2:07 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Darvin Ham on if Russell Westbrook is a definitive starter: “We’re a ways away. We have several options.” – 2:06 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Rob Pelinka said he and Jeanie Buss, Darvin Ham and others have met with Russell Westbrook several times this offseason and they believe he is indeed “all in” this season. – 2:06 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
“Russ has been great all offseason… Russ is an extremely competitive player and person… and he has reflected that all offseason that he’s all-in to win,” Rob Pelinka on Westbrook relationship. – 2:06 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Rob Pelinka says Darvin has “strong shoulders and a tough mindset” and the Lakers wanted to give him a roster that would compete hard every night. Pelinka says if players aren’t competing at that level, they won’t be getting opportunities. – 2:05 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Rob Pelinka: “Darvin and I have spent hundreds of hours going over and over again how we want this team to reflect some of the qualities he stands for the most … Our Laker fans deserve one thing: “a team that’s going to compete the hardest (of any team) in the NBA.” – 2:04 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Rob Pelinka: “Our Laker fans deserve one thing: A team that’s going to compete the hardest in the NBA.” – 2:04 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers media day barrage is about to begin here in El Segundo. Rob Pelinka and Darvin Ham are first up on the schedule. – 1:58 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Patrick Beverley told ESPN that Russell Westbrook has been his “best friend” on the team since being traded to the Lakers this summer. Says they both come in to train before 7 a.m. and spend time in the gym together – 1:56 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
There are no assurances that Russell Westbrook will be a starter for these Los Angeles Lakers, nor assurances that he’ll remain this season. Nevertheless, he promises this: “I’m all-in on whatever it takes for this team to win.” Story on ESPN+: tinyurl.com/yuwzp4mc7:51 PM

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