The Lakers season is all over the place. Kobe is on his way out, coach Byron Scott looks lost and rookie D’Angelo Russell isn’t trying to impress him. Russell was sent to the bench before Monday’s game against the Raptors in which he shot 4-12, only scoring 9 points in 21 minutes of action.
“I’m not trying to show him anything. I’m really trying to sell myself and my team makes the apologue out here, not the coach. Because they’re looking to me for the play, not past me to him for the play. It’s a growing experience.”
Russell also feels Kobe has been played a huge role in his personal growth.
“Every time you watch, just be a fan of and observe his every move. He’s our Michael Jordan, in my era. He still makes it look easy. You can say he’s struggling, missing shots, but he still makes it look easy. When a guy like him says ‘That’s a great call.’ You’re like, ‘Yeah. that was a great call.’ He knows his stuff.”
I understand what Russell is saying about not trying to impress the coach but he should word it a little differently. To me it sounds like he’s just going to do his own thing regardless to what coach wants. If this was the case, we know how this will end. We have seen it many times before, the coach will be replaced way sooner than they player. Just look how Houston handled their situation when Ty Lawson and other bumped heads with coach Kevin McHale.