The D’Angelo Russell We Know

When the Lakers bypassed a big man for a point guard in last June’s draft, the expectations of a Magic Johnson-like playmaker became the presumption and fueled the frenzied hopes of the masses of Lakers optimists who have been drowning in epic sorrows for the past three years. That’s how far the franchise has fallen, banking…

D’Angelo Russell: “Leaking the Video Wasn’t Me”

When you make the biggest mistake of your young professional career, contrition is the first step to rebuilding your reputation, followed by atonement. But a rebuild is always at a cost; the detritus sticks to you even as you are eventually forgiven. No one really forgets.  It’s the great life irony, that everything is running…

Russell over Mudiay: Numbers Don’t Lie

In their last matchup of the season, #2 pick D’Angelo Russell faces #7 pick Emmanuel Mudiay. D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay certainly took different paths to the NBA. Russell employed the traditional route for top American prospects: one season in college at Ohio State before entering the draft. Mudiay, who was born in the Democratic…

The Kids Impress But Enough To Save Byron’s Job?

The ordinary path of least resistance was the norm on Friday night when the Lakers played the Atlanta Hawks. For much of the game, the Lakers suffered from a self inflicted wound. It was predictable. A twelve win team often turns the knife on themselves by what they do not do and that held true of…

D’Angelo Russell: So What Do You Think of Him Now?

Our basketball writers reevaluate the short career of D’Angelo Russell At times, it has felt like D’Angelo Russell’s second pick in the draft bio was more a curse than a blessing as the expectations for him to get out the gate fast were enormous. He could never live up to the hype. Lately, he has…

Jordan Clarkson Does It the Byron Way

It came and went, the one year anniversary. No one made note of January 23rd, 2015. It was the day Jordan Clarkson, the rookie, became Jordan Clarkson, the Laker, in his hometown of San Antonio. Twelve months have passed since Jordan Clarkson entered the starting lineup. He played 29 minutes and 20 seconds, in a…

Byron Scott ‘Keeping It Real’

Byron Scott, in his version of keeping things real, had a week that was tremendous. No, the Lakers didn’t win. That ship sailed when Jim Buss took over the franchise and hired Scott in the first place. Scott is a dinosaur still living in the past but no matter how hard he wants it to…

Lakers Will Regret Passing on Jahlil Okafor

The draft lottery was kind to the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite finishing with the fourth worst record, they received the second pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. Even though Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor were expected to be the top two selections, the Lakers ended up choosing point guard D’Angelo Russell after Minnesota took Towns.…