The Los Angeles Lakers were happy to select Ohio State superstar point guard D’Angelo Russell with the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. It was a move that shocked many, as Duke big man Jahlil Okafor was expected to be their pick.
Russell brings the type of dynamic backcourt help that Kobe Bryant needs, and he could be the next L.A. star once Bryant decides to retire.
Russell is already a fan favorite in Los Angeles, although the fans weren’t happy with him due to some recent comments. Russell said that Tracy McGrady was the best of all-time — which obviously angered Lakers fans who believed that Bryant was the best of all-time.
Bryant and Russell are “cool” following the tweet that Russell made, but the rookie isn’t happy with the way that the fans reacted to him.
“There’s a lot of spoiled Lakers fans. I wasn’t downgrading Kobe at all,” Russell said, via the Los Angeles Daily News. “I was just watching a highlight tape of Tracy McGrady and I got excited. I tweeted and the whole state of California went crazy.”
Those comments aren’t going to make Lakers fans like him anymore right now, but there are plenty of reasons why a basketball player could get excited watching clips of McGrady.
Check out one of his most famous highlights for yourself and realize that only one of the best to play the game could have pulled off such a feat.
While saying that there are spoiled Lakers fans openly to the media might not be a good idea, Russell is definitely right about the statement.
Everyone is entitled to have their own opinion about any subject. Russell simply watched some of the highlights that McGrady put together throughout his career, and if injuries hadn’t slowed down T-Mac’s career there is a good chance that many more would view him as the greatest of all-time.
It certainly was ridiculous for the Lakers’ fan base to freak out like they did, but it all comes back to these comments by Russell about being spoiled.
All of this will blow over the second that Russell steps onto the court in the regular season and shows why Los Angeles made him the second overall pick in the draft.
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