PBT- The Lakers are not happy that Russell has cast the franchise in this light now—and there are those in the organization fearful that he has made himself another hurdle to be overcome in the Lakers’ effort to add much-needed proven free-agent talent. But the club is not about to give up on him over this: a foolish, ill-conceived undertaking that was at least not malicious in intent.
The Lakers believe in Russell’s talent and hope he learns a lesson the hard way here about needing to be more professional.
Can everybody do me a favor and just relax? I know that D'Angelo Russell is a fucking idiot, but if you think he's going to be a fucking idiot that's playing for a team other than the Los Angeles Lakers in the near future then you are outside of your mind. This is the NBA we are talking about. A superstar dominated league. The only player on the Lakers roster to flash even the smallest ability to lead a team this year is D'Angelo Russell. Do I feel comfortable guaranteeing that he will be one of the best players in the league for years to come? Hell no. However, he does have the potential to do so, and you don't trade that potential away simply because he betrayed a teammate. Especially when that teammate is probably the most enigmatic, inconsistent player on a team that's full of enigmatic, inconsistent players.
D'Angelo Russell could very easily be more important to the future of the Lakers than every other player on the current roster combined. Pro sports are a business, and getting rid of last year's #2 overall draft pick just to satisfy a bench player named Swaggy P is just about the worst business decision in the history of business decisions. I understand that's it's going to take time for Russell to gain back the trust of his teammates, but if LeBron James has taught us anything it's that you don't have to be a good person to be a productive player. D'Angelo Russell has shown the ability to produce, and when it comes to personnel moves that's all that matters.