D’Angelo Russell Where Art Thou? In Brooklyn.

D’Angelo Russell was once thought of as a building block for the Los Angeles Lakers once Kobe Bryant exited the scene. So it is a big fall in the career of D’Angelo Russell that the Lakers traded him to Brooklyn. But set aside the shock value and look at the trade from Russell’s perspective. It…

D’Angelo Not Feeling the Lonzo Ball Excitement

The strategy of the father may pay dividends for the son. Smug LaVar Ball and his “father knows best” speaking the Lakers into existence may not get him laughed out of the NBA after all. The truth is the  (Lakers) are on track to be the story on draft night. We’ll know on June 22nd if…

Passing the Magic Johnson Test

It’s been a tough 48 hours for D’Angelo Russell. Against the 76ers, he tripped out of bounds as the ball bounced into never never land, an image tweeted and retweeted hundreds of times with the usual Russell shade. Then late in the game he didn’t know the clock after a timeout and launched a desperation…

D’Angelo Russell Filling the PG Hole

When Magic Johnson was forced to retire in 1991, his replacement was thrust into the limelight for reasons that were out of his control. Sedale Threatt, a back-up guard, rose to the occasion. In 1991-92, Threatt put up very respectable numbers: 15 points, 7 assists, 37 minutes. He was the second best player on the…

Who Is Winning Rebuilding Game, Lakers or Wolves?

The top two teams in the 2015 Draft Lottery- the Timberwolves and Lakers- are franchises in the midst of rebuilding. How far along are they in the process?  Minnesota Timberwolves: They had a rebuilding head start because Flip Saunders traded All-Star Kevin Love for number one pick Andrew Wiggins. In his rookie year, Wiggins turned…

The D’Angelo Question(s) Won’t Go Away

While D’Angelo Russell and maturity are convenient topics of discussion creating emotion and counter arguments, it takes away from the most important question about the point guard who is beginning his second year, and his first as the most important Laker player: is he a point guard? Does he make players better? Can he lead…

The True Character of D’Angelo Russell Is…?

D’Angelo Russell had a rough rookie season. Divide the blame between Russell and his immaturity, and Russell and the unrealistic expectations for the now 20 year old who struggled with adult issues in a league of men who have no time to coddle. If you glance at the numbers, Russell’s season was good for someone…

Luke Walton, Next Man Up

New Faces: Brandon Ingram (R), Ivica Zubic (R), Yi Jianlian, Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng, Jose Calderon 2015-16 Regular Season Record: 17-65 2015-16 Regular Season Achievements: 6th: Free Throws Made. 8th: Free Throw Attempts. Leading Scorer: Kobe Bryant, 17.6 Leading Rebounder: Julius Randle, 10.2 The first year following a two decade Kobe Bryant dominance is naturally going to have…