The latest news on the Los Angeles Lakers involves second-year player D’Angelo Russell, who has been under scrutiny ever since he was drafted second overall last year. In a recent interview, Russell took a shot at former Lakers head coach Byron Scott while also praising his new head coach Luke Walton.
It’s no secret that Russell and Scott did not have the best player-head coach relationship that possibly hindered that development of the 20-year-old guard. On the other hand, Walton is getting some great praise for being a player’s coach by his young players.
In an interview with Serena Winters of Lakers Nation, D’Angelo Russell praised his new head coach for being available on and off the court. He also took a shot at Byron Scott for being the opposite of a good coach.
“He’s one of the best people I know, as far as off the court. We communicate on and off the court as much as possible. I feel like I can call him anytime,” Russell on his relationship with Walton.
“He’s not like a head coach that will sit back and just watch his other coaches and colleagues just train other players, he’s always involved. He’ll get out there and play with you if he wants. It’s just great to have a young coach like him in the building,” he added.
That was not a subtle shot by D’Angelo Russell to his former head coach, who was fired by the Lakers after going 38-126 in his two years in Los Angeles. Nevertheless, the former second overall pick can now focus on reaching his full potential and become the next face of the franchise.
Besides Russell, the Lakers have a great core of young players that include Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac. However, the team is expected to be the worst team in the Western Conference by ESPN.
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