D’Angelo Russell still isn’t sure why Lakers president Magic Johnson criticized his leadership after trading him to the Brooklyn Nets ahead of this year’s NBA draft.
“I didn’t know what the reason behind it was,” Russell said on the July 26 edition of The Woj Pod with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “I’m off your hands. I have nothing to do with you. I’m on a new team. I don’t understand the comments, I still don’t.”
Two days before the draft, Los Angeles dealt the 21-year-old Russell along with Timofey Mozgov to Brooklyn in exchange for Brook Lopez and the late-first-round pick that became Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers later selected point guard Lonzo Ball No. 2 overall, and when introducing his new players, Johnson took what many perceived as a jab at Russell on his way out.
Yes, Ball made spectacular passes. But it’s more important for his future success that he scored so efficiently with volume.
Before Wednesday night, Ball didn’t have a trip to the free-throw Super Cheap Jerseys Fans line in summer league. But he went to the line 12 times against Philadelphia, making nine. That’s a big number, even if it isn’t against NBA competition.
It shows that Ball is working on his mid-game and learning how to create going to Wholesale Jerseys Cheap his right. That was a knock on him coming out of UCLA and one of the main areas in which he struggled in his first couple of summer league outings.