D’Angelo Russell On His Confidence: ‘Through The Roof, In Space Somewhere’
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With the Los Angeles Lakers starting off the season at 1-6, the optimism that surrounded the team at the outset of the season has begun to die down.

One main sticking point for fans so far this season has been the lack of fourth quarter minutes for second overall pick, D’Angelo Russell.

With the Lakers being blown out in Miami, many expected Russell to see the floor down the stretch, but head coach Byron Scott never considered bringing the rookie back in. Despite this, Russell’s confidence remains extremely high according to Shahan Ahmed of NBC Los Angeles:

This is great to hear from the rookie as it is likely extremely frustrating to not be on the court when the game is on the line. The fact that he is able to maintain his confidence despite this is a good sign that he can turn things around.

Scott has been challenging Russell to step up his game, especially on the defensive end. Russell has responded positively to that and it should be only a matter of time before he finds himself closing games. With Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson outplaying him at times in close games, it can be tough to get Russell on the floor in crunch time, but Scott will have to find ways to get Russell on the floor for the sake of his development.

Confidence is a very fragile thing, especially for young players and Russell having mentors like Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace in his ear is surely helping things. It is early in his career, but fans everywhere should look at this statement as a positive for Russell’s future.

This relationship between Russell and Scott is not going to work. And this could hurt the potential of russell.A change needs to be made at coach.

  1. ur absolutely right. Scott has no system in its not like he got guys like KD n RW dat can take over games. Russell needs every minute in a 20 point blow out or a 2 point win

    1. That’s the problem with our team Scott doesn’t have a system so we can’t build a proper team. We don’t know what type of team we’re trying to be that’s why we just have a bunch of players that don’t work well with each other, and a bunch of log jams at different positions. Are the Lakers trying to develop or win now? You can’t do both. They need to decide what type of team they want to be an what type of players they need. We haven’t had clear direction since Phil Jackson retired.

  • This relationship between Russell and Scott is not going to work. And this could hurt the potential of russell.A change needs to be made at coach.

    1. ur absolutely right. Scott has no system in its not like he got guys like KD n RW dat can take over games. Russell needs every minute in a 20 point blow out or a 2 point win

      1. That’s the problem with our team Scott doesn’t have a system so we can’t build a proper team. We don’t know what type of team we’re trying to be that’s why we just have a bunch of players that don’t work well with each other, and a bunch of log jams at different positions. Are the Lakers trying to develop or win now? You can’t do both. They need to decide what type of team they want to be an what type of players they need. We haven’t had clear direction since Phil Jackson retired.

  • I’m about as confident as can be that a 19 year old rookie name D’Angelo Russell is not talented enough to over come all the issues the Lakers have going on as a team. He may have had an immediate impact on a different team. One that returned at least 2 or 3 starters who played more than 40 games last season. The Lakers don’t have “one” returning starter who fits that classification.

    So it’s not fair to blame D’ Angelo Russell or the coach for D’Angelo’s early struggles. Hopefully they can go 3-7 in the first 10 games and perhaps 6-4 in the next 10. Then continue to improve as a team from there as Kobe continues to round back into shape after the long layoff and players who have never played together develop trust and chemistry. We had chances to win all but two of the games thus far. So we need to learn how to put games away in the 4th quarter.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

    1. That’s the thing, he was never projected to have an “immediate impact” in the first place. He was projected to have the highest upside, and also the highest downside of the lottery picks. That said, he hasn’t played bad for a rookie, he’s just played bad for The L.A. Lakers’ PG Of The Future.

      1. I’m sorry but TOP 5 picks have to be immediate impact guys. If the team is drafting in those positions it more than likely meant they sucked the previous year and if you can’t come in and make an immediate impact on a crappy team you’re just wasting everyone’s time.

        1. There weren’t many “immediate impact” solutions.

          Towns isn’t “Immediate impact” yet.
          Okafor has an impact on offense, but creates more problems than good with poor defense.
          Porzingis isn’t exactly immediate impact – he’s “competent” at best.
          Mudiay, shows his experience of playing in the Chinese Professional league, but makes is clearly an out of control rookie.

          So where was the immediate impact player last year?

          1. Towns and Okafor HAVE BEEN immediate impact guys. Have you seen their averages? Have you seen Minnesota’s record considering where they were last year? Okafor has also been decent and not horrible on defense as projected. Watch the games. Let’s not delude ourselves here

          2. Really, “poor defense” you say? And yet Okafor is 2nd only to Towns in block shots, ahead of 7’3 Porzingis, and all other rookies. 1st in points, 4th in rebounds, 11th in assists. You have faith in Dlo, fine, but why is it that in your glassy eyed zeal and delusions. You see fit to always (refer to earlier comments) take a swipe at Okafor? Are you trying to convince yourself the FO drafted the right player, absence of any empirical evidence to date?

            Jalil Okafor is “actually producing.” He doesn’t need people talking about “ceiling, lack of body development, IQ, and, all the other smoke and mirror justifications. Keep on on your chanting vision quest. Who should we believe, our lying eyes, or you?

            Okafor ~ bad… D’Angelo ~ good. .. Rinse and repeat. Keep chanting till you believe it.

        2. Agree to disagree. I’ve been a fan for almost 30 years and not going anywhere. If he turns out to be a 12 year starter, then 2 or 3 seasons of development is worth it.

      2. The problem with most people is they want immediate results. That is why most can’t stick with a diet or work out plan. That is also why most are just casual to bandwagon fans. When things are going great they are super supportive of everyone. Once things become a bit of a struggle here comes the finger pointing and lack of support.

        This whole team was just recently slapped together. Only a fool would think there would be guaranteed early success. Sure we would have taken it but most knew there would be a few struggles and growing pains.

        I’m gonna hang in there and ride this year out expecting things to come together in a bit of time. But I know there are no guarantees and it will be an uphill climb.

        Go Lakers !

        Paytc

        1. Another game that was ours to win. I didn’t see it but heard Lou Williams missed another last second game winner?

          The Lakers have been in all but two games thus far. They just have not been fortunate enough to have at least won 2 or 3 more games.

          Paytc

        2. On Point. Good take.

          Most people just want that instant gratification.Those people are spoiled by are many championships or don’t really know that a player takes a few years to develop and teams several years to be a contending team.

      3. When they say he’s not projected to have an immediate impact they don’t necessarily mean that he will average less than 10 points and 2 assists per game. They just mean he won’t be a star right away.

  • I’m about as confident as can be that a 19 year old rookie name D’Angelo Russell is not talented enough to over come all the issues the Lakers have going on as a team. He may have had an immediate impact on a different team. One that returned at least 2 or 3 starters who played more than 40 games last season. The Lakers don’t have “one” returning starter who fits that classification.

    So it’s not fair to blame D’ Angelo Russell or the coach for D’Angelo’s early struggles. Hopefully they can go 3-7 in the first 10 games and perhaps 6-4 in the next 10. Then continue to improve as a team from there as Kobe continues to round back into shape after the long layoff and players who have never played together develop trust and chemistry. We had chances to win all but two of the games thus far. So we need to learn how to put games away in the 4th quarter.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

    1. That’s the thing, he was never projected to have an “immediate impact” in the first place. He was projected to have the highest upside, and also the highest downside of the lottery picks. That said, he hasn’t played bad for a rookie, he’s just played bad for The L.A. Lakers’ PG Of The Future.

      1. I’m sorry but TOP 5 picks have to be immediate impact guys. If the team is drafting in those positions it more than likely meant they sucked the previous year and if you can’t come in and make an immediate impact on a crappy team you’re just wasting everyone’s time.

        1. There weren’t many “immediate impact” solutions.

          Towns isn’t “Immediate impact” yet.
          Okafor has an impact on offense, but creates more problems than good with poor defense.
          Porzingis isn’t exactly immediate impact – he’s “competent” at best.
          Mudiay, shows his experience of playing in the Chinese Professional league, but makes is clearly an out of control rookie.

          So where was the immediate impact player last year?

          1. Towns and Okafor HAVE BEEN immediate impact guys. Have you seen their averages? Have you seen Minnesota’s record considering where they were last year? Okafor has also been decent and not horrible on defense as projected. Watch the games. Let’s not delude ourselves here

          2. Really, “poor defense” you say? And yet Okafor is 2nd only to Towns in block shots, ahead of 7’3 Porzingis, and all other rookies. 1st in points, 4th in rebounds, 11th in assists. You have faith in Dlo, fine, but why is it that in your glassy eyed zeal and delusions. You see fit to always (refer to earlier comments) take a swipe at Okafor? Are you trying to convince yourself the FO drafted the right player, absence of any empirical evidence to date?

            Jalil Okafor is “actually producing.” He doesn’t need people talking about “ceiling, lack of body development, IQ, and, all the other smoke and mirror justifications. Keep on on your chanting vision quest. Who should we believe, our lying eyes, or you?

            Okafor ~ bad… D’Angelo ~ good. .. Rinse and repeat. Keep chanting till you believe it.

        2. Agree to disagree. I’ve been a fan for almost 30 years and not going anywhere. If he turns out to be a 12 year starter, then 2 or 3 seasons of development is worth it.

      2. The problem with most people is they want immediate results. That is why most can’t stick with a diet or work out plan. That is also why most are just casual to bandwagon fans. When things are going great they are super supportive of everyone. Once things become a bit of a struggle here comes the finger pointing and lack of support.

        This whole team was just recently slapped together. Only a fool would think there would be guaranteed early success. Sure we would have taken it but most knew there would be a few struggles and growing pains.

        I’m gonna hang in there and ride this year out expecting things to come together in a bit of time. But I know there are no guarantees and it will be an uphill climb.

        Go Lakers !

        Paytc

        1. Another game that was ours to win. I didn’t see it but heard Lou Williams missed another last second game winner?

          The Lakers have been in all but two games thus far. They just have not been fortunate enough to have at least won 2 or 3 more games.

          Paytc

        2. On Point. Good take.

          Most people just want that instant gratification.Those people are spoiled by are many championships or don’t really know that a player takes a few years to develop and teams several years to be a contending team.

      3. When they say he’s not projected to have an immediate impact they don’t necessarily mean that he will average less than 10 points and 2 assists per game. They just mean he won’t be a star right away.

      1. I couldn’t care less about Okafor but you seem obsessed with the kid. What doesn’t “soon to get injured” even mean?

      1. I couldn’t care less about Okafor but you seem obsessed with the kid. What doesn’t “soon to get injured” even mean?

  • Byron Scott coached Rookie PGs per 36 minute stats:

    Kyrie Irving 26 Pts 6 Assists 4 Rebounds Per

    Chris Paul 16 Pts 8 Assists 5 Rebounds 2 Turnovers Per

    D’Angelo Russell 12 Pts 5 Assists 6 Rebounds 3 Turnovers Per

    The biggest issue with Russell is he doesn’t have a real position he’s not a PG (A Good NBA PG either has to be a distributor and a knock Down outside shooter a la Paul, Curry & Dragic or a guy that can get in the lane an create a la Westbrook, Parker, Kyrie, Wall & Rose. Russell hasn’t shown an ability to do either) and definitely not athletic enough to play SG

    1. Russell is shooting 46% from inside the arc…his problem is the three. Like the rest of the Lakers, he can’t buy one.

      1. His shooting stroke is not exactly a thing of beauty and if you keep up with Lakers reporter Eric Pincus he points out to Work Ethic as the main issue with Russell not playing down the stretch. Which anyone should realize but people on this board seem to think Byron has some personal vendetta against Russell or Rookie PGs (Had no issues with Kyrie or Paul) which is absurd.

        1. Meh, other reporters say he’s putting in the time…depends on who you want to believe. Until he demonstrates he can play defense consistently (getting better, but still a ways to go), however, I’ll take Scott at his word about crunch time minutes.

          1. The problem is Huerats and Lou have been getting 4th qtr minutes and neither play good defense

          2. Huertas hasn’t really been getting the minutes with Lou at least the points he gives up on D he has a chance to get back on offense so it’s a net zero.

          3. Huertas sadly can’t play in our team. He can play in a team who has a good team defense. Because his individual D is more than poor

          4. His team D is even worse — like a chicken with his head cut off. Not gonna lie, either, I drank the Huertas Kool Aid this pre-season, now I’m thinking D-League.

          5. He can play in europe at a high level. I’m brazilian, i like the guy. But he can’t play on this laker squad

          6. He’s playing better defense. Better than Clarkson for sure. He’s geting into the passing lanes and contesting shots. He’s rebounding better too

          7. Yes, much better. Especially the past few games, but Clarkson is still better on rotations and help side – which is expected considering his age and experience.

      2. He needs to get in better shape. Look at him then look at JC. Russell looks so…soft and mushy. Like a PG version of Melo.

    2. Russel has to figure it out. But i think he’s very good. Will be a allstar sometimes. But will not be a perenial superstar like CP3 or a coming superstar (but injury prone) like Kyrie

      1. His ceiling is looking like Mike Conley maxing out at around 17 Pts & 6 Assists which is okay he’s been solid for Memphis but Laker fans were looking to hit a HR because #2 picks don’t come around here often.

          1. To me homerun is Towns and Porzingis – both can be superstars. D’angelo will be a very good player, a allstar.

        1. Mike Conley? Oh, man. I will not say that. His celling is more like James Harden to me. He’s very very good. But will not get the point of Wade’s, CP3’s. And not even close of Kobe’s and Lebron’s

          1. Wow!!! I think that’s very wishful thinking but hopefully I’m wrong. I just haven’t seen anything close to the aggressiveness of Harden from Russell.

          2. Different styles. Harden became a agressive player. D’angelo will be when his body is ready. Today his body is too weak to do more things than he has done until now.
            I saw both in college and i think Russel is a litle bit more talented than Harden.

          3. You should be D’Angelo’s agent because you have more faith in him than anyone I’ve ever seen. Harden is not a good comparison because he never was nor will ever be as good a passer as Russell.

          4. I’m not comparing the players. I’m talking about celling. The impact in the league. I see a lot of Manu Ginobili in his game, but Manu is more a natural competitor.
            I’m a fan of skilled and smart guys. So i’m a fan of Manu, one of the best SG’s i saw in the game (i’m 24 yr/old). And i was a fan of D’angelo in college, hope he translates quickly

          5. Harden? You mean the same guy who put up 27/6/6 last year and is doing it again. Russell wished he could be that good. LOL

          6. the 6 reb and 6 assists are very doable, but no, I don’t think he’s that pure a scorer.

          7. The guy who said Conley or a Lowry type is dead on. Around 16-17 with 5 reb and 6 assists. Him being a 25-26 PPG scorer is not even close.

          8. Man, D’angelo got all to be a triple double machine. Look at his size and his rebouding ability. Well, i’m not here to see the future. I’m talking about what i’ve seen from guys in college.

          9. His rebounding has been impressive. He always seems to be in the right place. Not sure if that’s luck or he can look at the trajectory and tell where it’s gonna go, a la rodman.

          10. I think he will. Harden played 2 college seasons, and came to the league 2 years older than D’angelo. And have the same struggles.

          11. He came more experience. Look the diference of Nance and Julius. Clarkson and Exum…
            Guys who stay more time in college came to the NBA way more ready

          12. Harden is a SG, not a pass first PG.

            But, outside of the fundamental differences, the two are similar in that they are undersized via body mass and that the transition from college to the NBA is rougher than most realize.

            You can teach form, you build an NBA body, but you can’t teach IQ, decision making, or potential. Russell is fine. He’s just like Harden, Curry, and the rest of the kids who come out of college a bit scrawny and not fast enough to blow by people…

          13. He said his ceiling is Harden. You obviously missed that part. Harden at his ceiling last year gave you almost 30 a game with 6 assists and 6 reb. That is not Russell’s ceiling.

          14. Hindsight is always 20/20. But I’m not sure i see the foresight of claiming a kid is a bust after 6 games. Or kicking the team or player because both aren’t living up to your expectations.

          15. I never said Bust. I just don’t think he will be an Elite player at this level.

          16. Totally agree with those stats, 20/9/6, was gonna say the same before I saw your comment. Once he gets some better offensive players on his team and a little experience under his belt, the assists will shoot up. I’m more concerned about his defense, and hope he works hard on improving that end.

          17. Lol I hope Russell succeeds as much as the next guy, but you are being completely delusional.

        2. 17 and 6 is probably about right, simply because Randle and Clarkson can create or distribute, meaning less offense flowing through the PG.

          1. D’angelo will score 20 plus points a game in his prime. That’s no doubt.

          2. That’s very doubtful if he continues the way he does. He doesn’t give 100% and that will show later on.

          3. Just look at his body language whenever he’s out there. He doesn’t try on D and is never close to his man. I haven’t seen him successful switch on his players and is always getting caught on screens.

          4. His defense is getting better. He defended well Dragic on yesterday’s game. Is rebound better too.
            His body language seems like a smart guy who play with a such poor system and off ball movment. He’s frustated.

          5. He did alright, but still saw him lose his man too many times. It’s about the effort he’s giving and it doesn’t appear like he’s giving even 50%

          6. And if he’s already defeated and broken, you see why Scott hasn’t put him in the game for the 4th quarters.

            He’s not mentally tough enough. He’s not mature enough at 19. And Scott is being a mentor, guide, and coach by making him hungry and earn his position.

            Fans want to give him the position, and I’m sure DLo thought he’d get the position, but truth be told, he’s not good enough yet.

          7. I’m starting to see why Scott will not play him in the 4th quarter now. He is showing a lack of effort and not showing enough on the court to justify him playing in the 4th quarter.

          8. He’s dead on the floor. I didn’t say I agree with everything Scott is doing, he’s a terrible coach.

          9. Maybe he was afraid playing aggressive will lead to more mistakes, thus Byron benching him. Byron has already said he has no patience

          10. he has no body to be agressive like the guys want. He can’t atack the rim with his weak body and his weak legs… The only way to him be agressive is try to throw dangerous passes and take bad shots…
            He’s too smart to make that. He’s playing the right way of his capabilitys right now. He can’t do much more than that this season and maybe the next.

            Or you understand basketball or you don’t. You can’t see a player by his numbers. You have to see his decisions, his skills, his IQ, his size. D’angelo will be a great player, a allstar (not a superstar in my eyes). Just give him the time he needs.

          11. “body language” means nothing – Sam Perkins looked bored his entire career and still managed to start 700+ games.

    3. we have to point the freedom of the players. Play with the Lakers, with Kobe Bryant and our fanbase. Don’t give him a freedom who have the rookies of Cavs (without Lebron), New Orleans, or even actually Nuggets and 76ers.

  • Byron Scott coached Rookie PGs per 36 minute stats:

    Kyrie Irving 26 Pts 6 Assists 4 Rebounds Per

    Chris Paul 16 Pts 8 Assists 5 Rebounds 2 Turnovers Per

    D’Angelo Russell 12 Pts 5 Assists 6 Rebounds 3 Turnovers Per

    The biggest issue with Russell is he doesn’t have a real position he’s not a PG (A Good NBA PG either has to be a distributor and a knock Down outside shooter a la Paul, Curry & Dragic or a guy that can get in the lane an create a la Westbrook, Parker, Kyrie, Wall & Rose. Russell hasn’t shown an ability to do either) and definitely not athletic enough to play SG

    1. Russell is shooting 46% from inside the arc…his problem is the three. Like the rest of the Lakers, he can’t buy one.

      1. His shooting stroke is not exactly a thing of beauty and if you keep up with Lakers reporter Eric Pincus he points out to Work Ethic as the main issue with Russell not playing down the stretch. Which anyone should realize but people on this board seem to think Byron has some personal vendetta against Russell or Rookie PGs (Had no issues with Kyrie or Paul) which is absurd.

        1. Meh, other reporters say he’s putting in the time…depends on who you want to believe. Until he demonstrates he can play defense consistently (getting better, but still a ways to go), however, I’ll take Scott at his word about crunch time minutes.

          1. The problem is Huerats and Lou have been getting 4th qtr minutes and neither play good defense

          2. Huertas hasn’t really been getting the minutes with Lou at least the points he gives up on D he has a chance to get back on offense so it’s a net zero.

          3. Huertas sadly can’t play in our team. He can play in a team who has a good team defense. Because his individual D is more than poor

          4. His team D is even worse — like a chicken with his head cut off. Not gonna lie, either, I drank the Huertas Kool Aid this pre-season, now I’m thinking D-League.

          5. He can play in europe at a high level. I’m brazilian, i like the guy. But he can’t play on this laker squad

          6. He’s playing better defense. Better than Clarkson for sure. He’s geting into the passing lanes and contesting shots. He’s rebounding better too

          7. Yes, much better. Especially the past few games, but Clarkson is still better on rotations and help side – which is expected considering his age and experience.

      2. He needs to get in better shape. Look at him then look at JC. Russell looks so…soft and mushy. Like a PG version of Melo.

    2. Russel has to figure it out. But i think he’s very good. Will be a allstar sometimes. But will not be a perenial superstar like CP3 or a coming superstar (but injury prone) like Kyrie

      1. His ceiling is looking like Mike Conley maxing out at around 17 Pts & 6 Assists (Probably more assists though) which is okay he’s been solid for Memphis but Laker fans were looking to hit a HR because #2 picks don’t come around here often.

          1. To me homerun is Towns and Porzingis – both can be superstars. D’angelo will be a very good player, a allstar.

        1. Mike Conley? Oh, man. I will not say that. His celling is more like James Harden to me. He’s very very good. But will not get the point of Wade’s, CP3’s. And not even close of Kobe’s and Lebron’s

          1. Wow!!! I think that’s very wishful thinking but hopefully I’m wrong. I just haven’t seen anything close to the aggressiveness of Harden from Russell.

          2. Different styles. Harden became a agressive player. D’angelo will be when his body is ready. Today his body is too weak to do more things than he has done until now.
            I saw both in college and i think Russel is a litle bit more talented than Harden.

          3. You should be D’Angelo’s agent because you have more faith in him than anyone I’ve ever seen. Harden is not a good comparison because he never was nor will ever be as good a passer as Russell.

          4. I’m not comparing the players. I’m talking about celling. The impact in the league. I see a lot of Manu Ginobili in his game, but Manu is more a natural competitor.
            I’m a fan of skilled and smart guys. So i’m a fan of Manu, one of the best SG’s i saw in the game (i’m 24 yr/old). And i was a fan of D’angelo in college, hope he translates quickly

          5. Harden? You mean the same guy who put up 27/6/6 last year and is doing it again. Russell wished he could be that good. LOL

          6. the 6 reb and 6 assists are very doable, but no, I don’t think he’s that pure a scorer.

          7. The guy who said Conley or a Lowry type is dead on. Around 16-17 with 5 reb and 6 assists. Him being a 25-26 PPG scorer is not even close.

          8. Man, D’angelo got all to be a triple double machine. Look at his size and his rebouding ability. Well, i’m not here to see the future. I’m talking about what i’ve seen from guys in college.

          9. His rebounding has been impressive. He always seems to be in the right place. Not sure if that’s luck or he can look at the trajectory and tell where it’s gonna go, a la rodman.

          10. I think he will. Harden played 2 college seasons, and came to the league 2 years older than D’angelo. And have the same struggles.

          11. He came more experience. Look the diference of Nance and Julius. Clarkson and Exum…
            Guys who stay more time in college came to the NBA way more ready

          12. Harden is a SG, not a pass first PG.

            But, outside of the fundamental differences, the two are similar in that they are undersized via body mass and that the transition from college to the NBA is rougher than most realize.

            You can teach form, you can build an NBA body, but you can’t teach IQ, decision making, or potential. Russell is fine. He’s just like Harden, Curry, and the rest of the kids who come out of college a bit scrawny and not fast enough to blow by people…

          13. He said his ceiling is Harden. You obviously missed that part. Harden at his ceiling last year gave you almost 28 a game with 7 assists and 6 reb. That is not Russell’s ceiling.

          14. Hindsight is always 20/20. But I’m not sure i see the foresight of claiming a kid is a bust after 6 games. Or kicking the team or player because both aren’t living up to your expectations.

          15. I never said Bust. I just don’t think he will be an Elite player at this level.

          16. Totally agree with those stats, 20/9/6, was gonna say the same before I saw your comment. Once he gets some better offensive players on his team and a little experience under his belt, the assists will shoot up. I’m more concerned about his defense, and hope he works hard on improving that end.

          17. Lol I hope Russell succeeds as much as the next guy, but you are being completely delusional.

        2. 17 and 6 is probably about right, simply because Randle and Clarkson can create or distribute, meaning less offense flowing through the PG.

          1. D’angelo will score 20 plus points a game in his prime. That’s no doubt.

          2. That’s very doubtful if he continues the way he does. He doesn’t give 100% and that will show later on.

          3. Just look at his body language whenever he’s out there. He doesn’t try on D and is never close to his man. I haven’t seen him successful switch on his players and is always getting caught on screens.

          4. His defense is getting better. He defended well Dragic on yesterday’s game. Is rebound better too.
            His body language seems like a smart guy who play with a such poor system and off ball movment. He’s frustated.

          5. He did alright, but still saw him lose his man too many times. It’s about the effort he’s giving and it doesn’t appear like he’s giving even 50%

          6. And if he’s already defeated and broken, you see why Scott hasn’t put him in the game for the 4th quarters.

            He’s not mentally tough enough. He’s not mature enough at 19. And Scott is being a mentor, guide, and coach by making him hungry and earn his position.

            Fans want to give him the position, and I’m sure DLo thought he’d get the position, but truth be told, he’s not good enough yet.

          7. I’m starting to see why Scott will not play him in the 4th quarter now. He is showing a lack of effort and not showing enough on the court to justify him playing in the 4th quarter.

          8. He’s dead on the floor. I didn’t say I agree with everything Scott is doing, he’s a terrible coach.

          9. Maybe he was afraid playing aggressive will lead to more mistakes, thus Byron benching him. Byron has already said he has no patience

          10. he has no body to be agressive like the guys want. He can’t atack the rim with his weak body and his weak legs… The only way to him be agressive is try to throw dangerous passes and take bad shots…
            He’s too smart to make that. He’s playing the right way of his capabilitys right now. He can’t do much more than that this season and maybe the next.

            Or you understand basketball or you don’t. You can’t see a player by his numbers. You have to see his decisions, his skills, his IQ, his size. D’angelo will be a great player, a allstar (not a superstar in my eyes). Just give him the time he needs.

          11. “body language” means nothing – Sam Perkins looked bored his entire career and still managed to start 700+ games.

    3. we have to point the freedom of the players. Play with the Lakers, with Kobe Bryant and our fanbase. Don’t give him a freedom who have the rookies of Cavs (without Lebron), New Orleans, or even actually Nuggets and 76ers.

  • Its crazy when you think about the Lakers don’t have one player who averages over 3 assist a game. That lets you know the ball movement is poor on the team.

    1. Yeppers, ball movement – or lack thereof – is also why they shoot such a poor FG%. If they could just improve that they’d probably at/near .500.

    2. It might point to ball movement.
      I look at it as the team’s talent isn’t good enough to make the shots when given.

      When Rondo was a rookie, he got plugged into a team with KG, Pierce, and Ray Allen. When Russell was a rookie, he got plugged into a team with Kobe, Hibbert, and Lou Williams.

    3. I’ve been saying this after every game. Too many ball hogs who want to play iso ball. The ball movement was a little better against the Heat though.

  • Its crazy when you think about the Lakers don’t have one player who averages over 3 assist a game. That lets you know the ball movement is poor on the team.

    1. Yeppers, ball movement – or lack thereof – is also why they shoot such a poor FG%. If they could just improve that they’d probably at/near .500.

    2. It might point to ball movement.
      I look at it as the team’s talent isn’t good enough to make the shots when given.

      When Rondo was a rookie, he got plugged into a team with KG, Pierce, and Ray Allen. When Russell was a rookie, he got plugged into a team with Kobe, Hibbert, and Lou Williams.

    3. I’ve been saying this after every game. Too many ball hogs who want to play iso ball. The ball movement was a little better against the Heat though.

  • If they were going to get a guard make a 3 man rotation Rondo might have been a better option than Lou. I like Lou but an undersized SG that can tread water with spot mins at point is not going to be effective. The third gaurd should have been a defensive guard. Jabari Brown was basically the same play as lou williams but shot better from 3.

  • If they were going to get a guard make a 3 man rotation Rondo might have been a better option than Lou. I like Lou but an undersized SG that can tread water with spot mins at point is not going to be effective. The third gaurd should have been a defensive guard. Jabari Brown was basically the same play as lou williams but shot better from 3.

  • What’s concerning about Russell is the fact that he’s only 3/16 from mid-range — that means he’s not getting separation and points to a lack of athleticism compared to other PGs.

    He’s got the handles to make up for it, but will have to work with Bryant on his footwork if he will ever be a consistent scorer in this league.

  • What’s concerning about Russell is the fact that he’s only 3/16 from mid-range — that means he’s not getting separation and points to a lack of athleticism compared to other PGs.

    He’s got the handles to make up for it, but will have to work with Bryant on his footwork if he will ever be a consistent scorer in this league.

  • The Lakers squandered their #2 pick…..They should have drafted Big and signed Rondo Cheap…Okafor or Porzingis was there for the taken……Now…just make the Best of a Bad Situation….go lakers (in small print)

    1. not a team in the league would’ve taken porzingis just stop, so easy to hop on the bandwagon now

      1. I love Porzingis. To me he was the number one talent in this draft. He played amazing on Sevilla last season alongside Guillermo Hernangomez, another good prospect.
        But i wanted us to draft D’angelo. Just because we already have Randle and Porzingis will never be a Center.

          1. Porzingis has way more experience. He’s playing professional basketball for 3 years in europe.

      2. If you desire too…..Check my posts Pre Draft…..I said Okafor or Porzingis….Not Townes because he didn’t want to work out for the Lakers….Okafor because he wanted to be a Laker….And Porzingis because he was an Athletic Dirk…Fact.

  • The Lakers squandered their #2 pick…..They should have drafted Big and signed Rondo Cheap…Okafor or Porzingis was there for the taken……Now…just make the Best of a Bad Situation….go lakers (in small print)

    1. not a team in the league would’ve taken porzingis just stop, so easy to hop on the bandwagon now

      1. I love Porzingis. To me he was the number one talent in this draft. He played amazing on Sevilla last season alongside Guillermo Hernangomez, another good prospect.
        But i wanted us to draft D’angelo. Just because we already have Randle and Porzingis will never be a Center.

          1. Porzingis has way more experience. He’s playing professional basketball for 3 years in europe.

      2. If you desire too…..Check my posts Pre Draft…..I said Okafor or Porzingis….Not Townes because he didn’t want to work out for the Lakers….Okafor because he wanted to be a Laker….And Porzingis because he was an Athletic Dirk…Fact.

  • His confidence is thru the Roof….I hope he goes up there and get it..and put it on the floor..

  • His confidence is thru the Roof….I hope he goes up there and get it..and put it on the floor..

    1. then give me curry or lebron and well do this!
      you said his price is high lets see what you got for me.

    1. then give me curry or lebron and well do this!
      you said his price is high lets see what you got for me.

      1. Meh…That doesn’t always mean you’re NBA ready. Look at guys like Morrison, Fredette and others. They were 3 and 4 yr guys, and can’t even land on teams. Believe it or not, Freshman and guys out of HS have a more success in the NBA.

        1. More success of cours. But not imediate success. Look at Clarkson and Exum comparision. Exum will be maybe a MVP caliber (his injury might decrese his chances) and Clarkson looked way better in his rookie season.

          1. I”m a fan of international basketball. I know even the prospects of 2018 draft. And Exum is one in 1000.
            We will have to wait until his game develop. But his game is unbelieveble. Hope the knee don’t kill his future.

          2. Just have to be in a right situation in the right time. Wade is a MVP caliber, but never won it. I’m talking about of game potential. If he will be or not is another story

    1. that aint even shi………10/3/2? cmon thats garbage numbers
      Dlo can get that easily……

      1. Meh…That doesn’t always mean you’re NBA ready. Look at guys like Morrison, Fredette and others. They were 3 and 4 yr guys, and can’t even land on teams. Believe it or not, Freshman and guys out of HS have a more success in the NBA.

        1. More success of cours. But not imediate success. Look at Clarkson and Exum comparision. Exum will be maybe a MVP caliber (his injury might decrese his chances) and Clarkson looked way better in his rookie season.

          1. I”m a fan of international basketball. I know even the prospects of 2018 draft. And Exum is one in 1000.
            We will have to wait until his game develop. But his game is unbelieveble. Hope the knee don’t kill his future.

          2. Just have to be in a right situation in the right time. Wade is a MVP caliber, but never won it. I’m talking about of game potential. If he will be or not is another story

  • No, Russell isn’t likely to be a 20-point scorer, especially not on a good team because he won’t have enough opportunities.

    Still, if he ends up with 17-18 pts, 5-6 reb, 5-6 assists and a couple of steals a game (already averaging 1.1 in limited minutes), and, more importantly, improves his help defense, the Lakers will have gotten value out of their pick.

    1. I don’t see him doing that as a point guard; as a shooting guard he can with a slightly less assist.

  • No, Russell isn’t likely to be a 20-point scorer, especially not on a good team because he won’t have enough opportunities.

    Still, if he ends up with 17-18 pts, 5-6 reb, 5-6 assists and a couple of steals a game (already averaging 1.1 in limited minutes), and, more importantly, improves his help defense, the Lakers will have gotten value out of their pick.

    1. I don’t see him doing that as a point guard; as a shooting guard he can with a slightly less assist.

  • Let’s not mention the fact the Lakers drafted Larry Nance in the late first round also…I can’t see Byron Scott vision as the Laker’s head coach but I can see him coaching basketball at Central State University if he don’t get it together real quick….#Go Marauders!!!!!!!

  • Let’s not mention the fact the Lakers drafted Larry Nance in the late first round also…I can’t see Byron Scott vision as the Laker’s head coach but I can see him coaching basketball at Central State University if he don’t get it together real quick….#Go Marauders!!!!!!!

  • I am surprised! With an improved team and without the bad player JLin, I thought the Lakers would be 7-1 instead of 1-7! How could that be possible with a genius coach BS, and a GOAT player?

    1. Sorry, but if you’re going to troll the Lakers’ boards, you’re going to have to bring your A-game. I mean really…it’s like you’re not even trying.

  • I am surprised! With an improved team and without the bad player JLin, I thought the Lakers would be 7-1 instead of 1-7! How could that be possible with a genius coach BS, and a GOAT player?

    1. Sorry, but if you’re going to troll the Lakers’ boards, you’re going to have to bring your A-game. I mean really…it’s like you’re not even trying.

  • Self belief is good, and probably one of the most important ingredients for success in life. However, Russell’s answers and this statement border on entitlement/arrogance. Humility to accept weaknesses and mistakes is just as importance as confidence. I know he supposedly works hard, but is he working on is weaknesses? Is he working on defense, driving to the hoop and the 3 ball? Does he even know those are his weaknesses or that he has weaknesses?

  • Self belief is good, and probably one of the most important ingredients for success in life. However, Russell’s answers and this statement border on entitlement/arrogance. Humility to accept weaknesses and mistakes is just as importance as confidence. I know he supposedly works hard, but is he working on is weaknesses? Is he working on defense, driving to the hoop and the 3 ball? Does he even know those are his weaknesses or that he has weaknesses?

  • i live in columbus so i’ve seen russell play multiple times, and even on tv and i was so confused when they took him with the 2nd pick. as much as i wouldn’t like to believe he won’t be a bust, i think he will be. if he were taken later in the draft with less expectations then i think it’d be a solid pick, but just the fact he’s number 2 and supposedly the laker point guard of the future, i just don’t see it happening especially with all of the coaching issues going on.

    1. i just don’t think he’s athletic enough for the nba to play point and i definitely can’t see him playing sg. i mean, i can see him possibly getting a sixth man of the year award but that’s about it.

      1. Harden is not athletic, Nash is not athletic want me to mention more? But this guys have the BB IQ thats they used in the game.

  • i live in columbus so i’ve seen russell play multiple times, and even on tv and i was so confused when they took him with the 2nd pick. as much as i wouldn’t like to believe he won’t be a bust, i think he will be. if he were taken later in the draft with less expectations then i think it’d be a solid pick, but just the fact he’s number 2 and supposedly the laker point guard of the future, i just don’t see it happening especially with all of the coaching issues going on.

    1. i just don’t think he’s athletic enough for the nba to play point and i definitely can’t see him playing sg. i mean, i can see him possibly getting a sixth man of the year award but that’s about it.

      1. Harden is not athletic, Nash is not athletic want me to mention more? But this guys have the BB IQ thats they used in the game.

  • His sarcasm isn’t needed at the moment. He’s also on IG right after games liking pictures about Scott needing to give him more minutes. Maybe if he showed some glimpses of being an actual NBA player he’d get the minutes.

    I have a feeling the players are growing increasingly frustrated with B.S. Players only meeting will be happening soon and hopefully he is fired soon after.

  • His sarcasm isn’t needed at the moment. He’s also on IG right after games liking pictures about Scott needing to give him more minutes. Maybe if he showed some glimpses of being an actual NBA player he’d get the minutes.

    I have a feeling the players are growing increasingly frustrated with B.S. Players only meeting will be happening soon and hopefully he is fired soon after.

  • If you’re coach tells you he didn’t play because he wanted to win, and the game he didn’t plag you is because the game is already lost where do you put yourself. We have a stupid & arrogant coach who has very poor player-coach relationship.

  • If you’re coach tells you he didn’t play because he wanted to win, and the game he didn’t plag you is because the game is already lost where do you put yourself. We have a stupid & arrogant coach who has very poor player-coach relationship.

  • He needs to try a few times every game to use his ball handling skills to get to the rim without a pick. He’s got great ball handling skills, but he is being handcuffed a little by Scott. Or at least I hope that’s the problem.

  • He needs to try a few times every game to use his ball handling skills to get to the rim without a pick. He’s got great ball handling skills, but he is being handcuffed a little by Scott. Or at least I hope that’s the problem.

  • The starting 5 should be Russell, Randall, Nance, Clarkson & Black & they should be getting MORE then half of the time on the floor. Now having said that we NEED an immediate trade package made up Jim Buss, Mitch, Scott to any tesm that will give us a 60th pick in 2020……As for Russell, he is performing worse then any of the top 10 players picked BUT we arew stuck so we need to play & teach him along woth the otherr young kids. I would rather see us lose & play the kids then come close z7 still lose with the older guys on the court. (Russell needs to watch films of Russel Westbrook in the morning & CP3 in the afternoon & Lillard in the evening….

  • The starting 5 should be Russell, Randall, Nance, Clarkson & Black & they should be getting MORE then half of the time on the floor. Now having said that we NEED an immediate trade package made up Jim Buss, Mitch, Scott to any tesm that will give us a 60th pick in 2020……As for Russell, he is performing worse then any of the top 10 players picked BUT we arew stuck so we need to play & teach him along woth the otherr young kids. I would rather see us lose & play the kids then come close z7 still lose with the older guys on the court. (Russell needs to watch films of Russel Westbrook in the morning & CP3 in the afternoon & Lillard in the evening….

  • Every great PG makes mistakes in his rookie season. In DLo’s case, Byron isn’t allowing him to make mistakes and learn. Right now, D’Lo is on a tight leash, which explains why he’s avging only 1.2 Turnovers per game. I say let him avg 4-5 TOs but he will definitely be pushing the tempo and coming into his own.

  • Every great PG makes mistakes in his rookie season. In DLo’s case, Byron isn’t allowing him to make mistakes and learn. Right now, D’Lo is on a tight leash, which explains why he’s avging only 1.2 Turnovers per game. I say let him avg 4-5 TOs but he will definitely be pushing the tempo and coming into his own.

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