After an impressive start to the 2017 NBA season, D’Angelo Russell and the young Lakers team have realized that succeeding in the league isn’t as smooth sailing as they may have thought. After losing to Dallas, in what’s recorded as the franchise’ worst loss in history, the young guns composed of D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram, and the like acknowledge that they’re still learning from their experiences. They are now processing how it feels not to have a leader like Kobe Bryant to turn to when the going gets tough.
“We’re just trying to stay focused on the process, to be honest with you,” Clarkson said last week in a report by NBA.com. “This is the first time that we’ve been able to kind of learn from our mistakes, play with each other, learn with each other. The last two years that I’ve been here, we’ve kind of had to deal with situations. At the same time, it was all deserved. But now it’s kind of our time to turn the page and just learn.”
D’Angelo Russell looking for his own shot too much
D’Angelo Russell remarked in the past that Kobe Bryant may have slowed down the Lakers game. But not unlike Kobe Bryant, he gets criticisms for looking too much for his own shot. In a way that means slowing down the process of getting the ball to the right player. Everything is all about timing.
“Honestly, I’m slowly realizing, like, I don’t know, a routine,” D’Angelo Russell said in a report by SilverScreenAndRoll. “A lot of times, we come out, the ball’s in my hands, and everybody’s looking for me to get guys going, not necessarily just going (myself). And then let everybody follow my lead. Hitting here, swinging it there, making sure he’s getting it, getting there. And then, if it doesn’t work, then everybody’s like, all right, now they’re looking at me instead of being the other way around.”
Understandably, this is all part of having a talented young core that’s trying to better themselves. It’s not surprising that the Lakers are not planning to trade their young talents. They’re sticking to them in spite of their slumping record, even despite the terrible loss to Dallas.
The Lakers may still have so much to learn, but their potential is way up there among the best in the league. What makes them more interesting is their willingness to learn, pick themselves up after a loss. Even Luke Walton remarked about the team being filled with teenagers in a man’s game, and that’s just part of the process. But how they wish they had someone like Kobe Bryant during these times to depend on.
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