Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell can do a lot of things. He can score, pass, play defense and, as the video below will show, sink a halfcourt shot while sitting on the ground at center court.
OK, now before anyone cries foul for whatever reason, be it that Russell is hurling the ball towards the basket with two hands and that he isn’t using traditional basketball form or that he has to generate momentum by rolling back, take a step back for a second. Making a halfcourt shot is hard enough standing up, so it has to be even tougher to make while sitting one one’s rear end, as Russell is. Thus, just imagine how creative one has to get in generating the kind of momentum that the Lakers rookie did on this attempt of a shot he probably doesn’t make regularly. Though he makes it look effortless, it’s definitely far from an easy task.
But more importantly, this is De’Angelo Russell, the former No. 2 overall pick who is averaging 22.6 points per game over his last five contests. In other words, this is the young man who could very well be the face of the Los Angeles Lakers in the very near future now that team legend and five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant is set to retire at season’s end.
Thus, if D’Angelo Russell wants to shoot sitting halfcourt shots this way, then D’Angelo Russell can if he wants to.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Twitter