Lakers: D’Angelo Russell On If He Watches Film ‘Not Really’

After Wednesday’s practice, Lakers rookie D’Angelo Russell spoke with the media and had various telling answers

In a recent interview, much was made of D’Angelo Russell’s answer regarding the best advice he’s received since entering the league.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t the cliche, “Stay humble,” or “Work hard everyday,” instead it was a subtle shot at the people asking him the questions.

“Don’t get caught up in the media. I mean, just don’t listen to it. Don’t get too high on it, don’t get too low on it.”

Interestingly, nothing was said about his more telling responses from the interview.

When asked about how much film working he’s currently doing, Russell’s answer was shocking. “Not a lot. Cause I feel like I know what I need to do well.”

Considering the recent reports of Russell going “Hollywood, too fast,” and that he, “simply doesn’t work as hard as Randle or Clarkson,” this is extremely discouraging for Lakers fans.

Since the start of the season, much has been made of Byron Scott’s decisions to consistently bench Russell in the fourth quarter. Fans and writers alike have defended Russell every step of the way, placing sole responsibility on Scott’s poor coaching.

While he has, and continues, to make suspect coaching decisions and blab controversial comments, perhaps the rumors about Russell’s work ethic, or lack thereof, are true.

Upon being drafted by the Lakers, Russell claimed to be intent on learning everything he possibly could from Kobe Bryant while under his tenure. That said, one of Kobe’s biggest strengths is his preparation, specifically in dissecting film.

Even Lou Williams spoke highly of Bryant’s film room prowess in a recent interview with Mike Trudell, saying that he points out little things that other people don’t notice. Things which actually make a huge difference in the scheme of things.

Considering the impressive start that Russell’s rookie companions are off to, he’d be wise to pick Kobe’s brain in an area that he’s still completely proficient in.

If Russell is serious about wanting to improve, he needs to develop every aspect of his game, and the film room is a great place to start.