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Surprised nobody started a thread about this yet. Tried to copy and pasted the article but my phone is messing up.


As a huge Lakers fan this is very bad news. There has been speculation of a Russel for Okafor swap. Gives Russel a new start and gives us a player we should have taken anyway. The 76ers have too many big men and could really use Russel, but can they trust him? We cant just throw him away for nothing!!! Thatd be like the Canucks trading this years pick away for scraps, it would destroy our rebuild. 


What is everyone elses thoughts on this? 


Should he be traded just to be traded? Or do you think we could possibly get Okafor or another top pick from last years class for him?


Damn Russel... What the hell were you thinking?

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D’Angelo Russell: ‘I am sorry I recorded that video’

In the aftermath of a leaked video of teammate Nick Young, a seemingly contrite Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell told The Vertical that he felt “sick” and “sorry” and insisted that he never considered that “these pranks that we pull on each other could have bigger consequences.”


D'Angelo Russell, left, says 'pranks' are part of his relationship with Nick Young. (AP)

D'Angelo Russell, left, says 'pranks' are part of his relationship with Nick Young. (AP)

Russell, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft and a cornerstone of the Lakers’ future, has been leveled with the public revelation of a 30-second video that included Young discussing relationships with women outside of his engagement to entertainer Iggy Azalea.


Russell used his phone to make the video in December, but it wasn’t until last week that a celebrity website obtained the video and made it public.


“I am sick,” Russell told The Vertical by phone on his drive to the Staples Center on Wednesday. “I am sorry about recording the video. I can’t repeat myself enough on that: I am sorry I recorded that video. I feel horrible. I wish this never happened.”


When asked about how the video left his possession and became public months after it was recorded, Russell told The Vertical: “Honestly, I have no idea. Me and Nick, that’s our friendship: We play around a lot. Anyone who knows him and knows me, they know that about us. But I apologize for recording that video. I never intentionally wanted to hurt anyone. I never wanted what was said in there to get out. It was my fault that it did, but that was never intentional.


“The thing is, we record ourselves doing dumb stuff all the time,” Russell told The Vertical. “On the road or home, wherever. We go back and watch what we did and said and laugh at ourselves. I guess I just never thought that these pranks we pull on ourselves could have bigger consequences. That was a big lesson I learned.


“I’ve said to myself over and over: What could anyone possibly gain by intentionally doing something that could hurt someone else’s relationship? I never wanted to hurt anyone. I’m sorry for it.”


Russell told the Vertical that he had spoken to Young and apologized to him – but wouldn’t say whether he believed his apology had been accepted. “He heard me out,” Russell told The Vertical. “I cherish our friendship on and off the court. … I never meant to hurt anyone.”


For Russell, the larger issue remains how his teammates – current and future – will accept him. As a point guard, Russell will need players to buy into his leadership. At 20 years old, that was a job that was hard enough for him already. Russell declined to discuss how his teammates had treated him in recent days, but acknowledged that he had relationships to repair.


“Listen, man, I know that it will take some time to regain trust and confidence,” Russell told The Vertical. “I hope they know I would never intentionally hurt someone – and know how horrible I feel.”


After leaving Ohio State after a sparkling freshman season a year ago, Russell wanted desperately for the Lakers to draft him at No. 2 overall. Despite an uneven year of performance and playing time – and now the fervor over the video – Russell insists that his desire to play and ultimately blossom with the Lakers is unwavering.


“I have the best job in the world, playing for this franchise, in a city that I love,” Russell told The Vertical. “You have to be willing to take the good with the bad, and that’s part of this job. … But I feel even stronger today than I did then. I love this city and love this franchise. … I take nothing for granted.


“I know this is going to be tough. I am a good person. I cherish the relationships I have and I would never intentionally hurt someone. I will work hard to earn back the trust of my teammates and those who were impacted by this.

“I’ll do whatever it takes.”




Read this earlier today. He's got a lot of fence mending to do.


Some more details from another article. ....... http://www.businessinsider.com/nba-players-think-dangelo-russell-violated-unwritten-rule-filming-nick-young-2016-3


The leak of the video, which was posted by a celebrity-gossip site, reportedly has the Lakers "isolating" Russell. ESPN reported that Russell recently ate by himself during a team breakfast, and teammate Lou Williams immediately stood up and left when Russell sat next to him in the locker room.


Since the report, there are more indications that NBA players see Russell in the wrong, despite the possibility of Young having an affair.


According to Mike Branashan of the Los Angeles Times, Lakers teammates are "ticked off" at Russell, feeling that he violated an "unwritten code" by making a player's private life public.

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While it is a dumb move, (And one that had such a predictable ending, that the Lakers should punish Russell for the gargantuan amount of stupidity that he put into this), I don't see how Nick Young is not the one who is facing the most heat right now. 


I would hope Nick Young is the bigger villain here, not Russell.


No matter, Russell is the future of that team while "Swaggy P" and most of the garbage they currently have on that roster will all be out of basketball within 2 years. The only people that will be on the Lakers roster in 3 years from that team is Clarkson, Russell, and Randle. So he really only needs to make amends with 2 guys.

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Russell is right to come out looking worse in this. This is not a thing you do to your teammates. He betrayed his trust when telling him something in confidence. His teammates are looking down on him for it, and they should. How do you rebuild after that?


Not saying anything about what Nick Young said or did, but this story is rightly about Russell.

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I don't like the way he went about it by posting the video for everyone to see online, but the fact that Russell's getting the most hate for this is just laughable. Just search his name on twitter and you see endless moronic comments about how he broke "bro code" (something we all believed in when we were 15). :rolleyes: It's common sense not to cheat on someone. If you feel the need to hide it you know you're in the wrong and shouldn't be so angry when you're outed for doing it.


That being said, if Russell felt the need to say something he should've done it privately instead of publicly. No need to make it everybody's business. Go tell Iggy yourself if you feel that bad for her or bring it up with Young instead of getting it all over the internet and having it blow up like this.

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