The Los Angeles Lakers are heading into a new era following the retirement of Kobe Bryant last season. According to the NBA rumors, the Lakers might rely heavily on D’Angelo Russell on offense next season under new head coach Luke Walton.
In his final season, Bryan led the Lakers in scoring with 17.6 points per game with Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell averaging 15.5 and 13.2 points, respectively. However, Russell has the higher upside between the two players which means he will take the role of primary scorer.
The 20-year-old recently sat down with Rob Perez of FOX Sports for an interview and he was asked a bunch of questions. He also revealed that coach Walton has given him the green light on offense for next season.
“He wants me to shoot the ball when I’m open. When a coach tells you to shoot the ball, it’s like a green light for you. You can’t want that more than anything,” Russell said.
“But the catch is you got to be good enough to know that when you’re not open, you gotta pass. That’s the responsibility he’s thrown at me and everybody,” he added.
According to Lakers Nation, it is a great sign that Walton has given Russell the reigns of the offense next season. NBA rumors in Los Angeles suggest that if Russell gets used to the new offensive style of Walton, the Lakers will be very entertaining this season.
It should be noted that these are just NBA rumors at the moment. Things might change at training camp with players such as Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram also being the focal point of the offense. Nevertheless, D’Angelo Russell is far more comfortable with Walton than former head coach Byron Scott.
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