He struggled in summer league.
He drew the ire of Kobe Bryant by calling Tracy McGrady "maybe the greatest of all time".
He then dug that hole deeper by calling Lakers fans spoiled. He wasn’t necessarily wrong, but it might not have been the smartest thing to say.
Now, he’s taking a better approach and showing supreme confidence in himself and his teammates.
Russell, via Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders:
“Expectations are high,” Russell says, “but this Lakers squad will most definitely be a playoff team.”This is taking the comments of general manager Mitch Kupchak – who said the team was capable of making the playoffs – to the next level.
The playoffs may be a pipe dream for the Lakers this season but D'Angelo will play a huge part in whether that dream comes true.