Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell said he feels awful about secretly recording Nick Young. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The deflated feeling wore on D’Angelo Russell’s face. This time the frustration had little to do with another Lakers loss or his fluctuating role.
It had everything to do with the remorse Russel said he felt over a secretly recorded video recently going public that showed teammate Nick Young admitting seeing another woman other than his fiance, Iggy Azalea.
“I feel sick as possible,” Russell said before the Lakers hosted the Miami Heat on Wednesday at Staples Center. “I wish I could make things better right away. But I can’t.”
Lakers head coach Byron Scott, left, called the video incident between D’Angelo Russell, right, and Nick Young an internal manner.(Photo by John McCoy/Staff)
At a very methodical pace, Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell moved around the practice court on Wednesday and took shots in what marked an extended post-shootaround workout.
Russell moved at a quicker speed when he walked past reporters without missing a step. A large media contingent arrived at the Lakers’ practice facility at El Segundo hoping to ask Russell to address a secretly taped and since publicized video that entailed teammate Nick Young sharing he had a relationship with a woman other than his fiance, Iggy Azalea.
“Nothing to talk about,” Russell said as he went toward the Lakers’ trainer’s room. Later, Russell exited the Lakers’ practice facility with three security guards escorting him to his car as he walked to the parking lot.
The Lakers said that Russell and Young will address the media before Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Russell and Young have had private discussions regarding the incident, according to team sources familiar with the situation. That dialogue will likely continue, but skepticism persists on whether their friendship can be salvaged.
Young has missed the past 10 games, including the last two for what the Lakers attributed to a stomach bug. But Lakers coach Byron Scott said Young will be available to play on Wednesday against Miami.
Scott called the situation an “internal manner” and declined to address specifics.
“The only thing I’m disappointed about is it got out,” Scott said. “We’re a family and we try to keep everything in house. That’s the only thing I’m disappointed.” Continue reading →
Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell has lost teammate support after secretly recording a video that went public that showed Nick Young admitting that he saw another woman besides his fiance. Photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles News Group
Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell has lost support among certain teammates after secretly recording a video that showed Nick Young admitting that he saw another woman besides his fiancee, Iggy Azalea, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
The video, which was obtained somehow by celebrity gossip website Fameolous this week, showed Russell filming Young in a hotel room while asking him questions about women. Russell asked Young, “You was 30 and she was 19?” referring to Young’s age and the age of an unnamed woman Young said he met at a nightclub last summer.
Young was friends with Russell and often publicly supported him amid the constant criticism the Lakers’ rookie point guard received under Lakers coach Byron Scott surrounding his play, work ethic and maturity. But Young’s relationship with Russell has since been strained, and sources familiar with the situation believe it cannot be salvaged.
Sources also added several of Russell’s teammates have become distrustful of him after violating an unwritten rule about making details about anyone’s private life public even if it was unintentional. There is strong concern those issues could linger for the Lakers (15-59) entering Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat (43-30) on Wednesday at Staples Center.
Even before Russell’s recorded video became public, several Lakers sources have privately echoed Scott’s criticisms throughout the 2015-16 season about the 20-year-old Russell’s maturity, work ethic and attitude. During an angry speech following a loss in Portland in late January, Kobe Bryant had also singled Russell and Julius Randle out about their poor play.
Russell had at least one supporter about his recently released video.
hmmm i see D Angelo Russell is trending… I actually liked his film. Thanks bro.
The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant #24 moves the ball up court as the Nuggets’ JaKarr Sampson #9 defends during their NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, March 25, 2016. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)
The moment will attract a passionate crowd and media contingent usually reserved for Lakers playoff games. Every play could become emotional. Every second that passes will only spark reminders of the finality of it all.
Yet, Kobe Bryant insisted he will not step on the floor for his final game against the Utah Jazz on April 13 at Staples Center seeing his basketball life flash before his very eyes.
“I’ll embrace it and take it just like I’ve taken every single game I’ve played in,” Bryant said on Tuesday at an American Express event moderated by NBA Inside Stuff host Kristen Ledlow at the Conga Room in L.A. Live. “That’s the real beauty, not try to make it more than what it is because it’s the last game. It’s appreciating the last game and approaching it and playing it just like I’ve played all the other ones. As I sit here now, that’s how I’ll be emotionally.”
The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant shakes hands with Dwyane Wade after their game at the Staples Center December 25, 2013. The Heat beat the Lakers 101-95. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)
The pain persisted, leaving both Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade with only one option amid a sleepless evening in Miami.
“I had to go in and take care of my body,” Bryant said. “He came strolling in and had to do the same thing. We compare notes quite often.”
Those notes hardly just involved basketball plays. They involve medical charts, rehab routines and dietary suggestions. Bryant has tried to maximize all those areas as he recovered from season-ending injuries to his left Achilles tendon (April 2013), left knee (Dec. 2013) and right shoulder (Jan. 2015). Wade has had to do the same thing amid limitations in 2013-14 (knees), 2014-15 (left hamstring) and 2015-16 (thigh bruise).
It appears likely Bryant and Wade will share more notes when the Lakers (15-59) host the Miami Heat (43-30) on Wednesday at Staples Center. Bryant said he and Wade have “developed a great friendship” ever since he entered the NBA during the 2003-04 season.
“We talked this summer quite a bit about training,” Bryant said. “He was asking me what can you do at t his stage of your career. Not just maintain yourself, but get stronger as the season goes on.”
Lakers’ Kobe Bryant is impressed with Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield. (Photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles News Group)
The two stars took pictures together. Buddy Hield soaked in Kobe Bryant’s advice. The Oklahoma senior put on a show that made Bryant nod his head in approval.
Hield strung together 37 points in a win over Oregon on Saturday in Anaheim in the West Region Final. Hield frequently looked back at Bryant after every made basket. That left Bryant predicting big things about Hield well after the Sooners’ Final Four matchup against Villanova on Saturday in Houston.
“Same way he’s playing in college is the same way I anticipate him playing in the league,” Bryant said following the Lakers’ 101-88 loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday at Staples Center. “I don’t think it’s overly complicated. People tend to overthink players a lot. People try to nitpick. It’s easy. The guy can play, he can play. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. He’ll be just fine.”
Lakers forward Nick Young has missed a stretch of games both when healthy and sick. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)
SALT LAKE CITY — The so-called “Swaggy DNP’s” are piling up by the game. But this time, the Lakers say it has nothing to do with inconsistent performances or Byron Scott’s preference for his other small forwards.
Instead, the Lakers said Young will remain in Los Angeles recovering from a stomach bug while the Lakers (15-58) visit the Utah Jazz (36-37) on Monday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Young also missed Sunday’s loss to Washington at Staples Center because of the same ailment. Yet, he had experienced healthy scratches for the previous seven games.
In addition toward averaging 7.3 points on a career-low 33.9 percent clip, Young has dealt with recent frustration off the court. Activist Alexis Jones accused Young and Jordan Clarkson last week of sexual harassment near a traffic intersection in the Hollywood area, charges that Young and Clarkson have since chalked up to a “misunderstanding from both sides.” Still, those familiar with Young’s thinking has said he has increasingly considered pursuing litigation charges.
The Lakers’ promising young player sprinted up and down the floor with grace. He sank open shots with ease. He kept an eye on his teammates, and quickly set them up when they had open looks.
Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell may have placed most of the blame on himself for the recently stalled ball movement. But in the Lakers’ 116-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday at Staples Center, Julius Randle played the bigger role in reigniting an offense based on team concepts instead of one-on-one play.
While Russell left in the second quarter with a moderately sprained right ankle, the 21-year-old Randle became the youngest Lakers player since Magic Johnson to record a triple double that included 13 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. The performance marked what Lakers coach Byron Scott called the “only big time positive” in a game that featured very little defense and uncertainty surrounding Russsell’s health.
“We haven’t been moving the ball great,” Randle said. “We really haven’t been getting each other going the last couple of games. So I just tried to look at it differently and get my guys going.”
Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell needed his teammates to carry him off the floor during Friday’s game against Denver after suffering what the team called a moderately sprained right ankle.
The Lakers said x-rays turned out negative, but Russell sat out for the second half. The Lakers will then evaluate Russell on Saturday to assess the extent of his injury. Russell exited with 3:10 remaining after turning his right ankle after stepping on the shoes of Denver guard D.J. Augustin during a defensive rotation.
This marked the second time in a week Russell left a game early after suffering an ailment. He bruised his left shin in Tuesday’s game against Memphis after colliding into JaMychal Green. Russell missed the second half before returning in Wednesday’s contest in Phoenix.
Russell finished with two points on 1-of-4 shooting and zero assists in 12 minutes against the Nuggets.
Lakers forward Kobe Bryant plans to play in Friday’s game vs. Denver. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
Those 50-50 odds regarding Kobe Bryant’s status became more definitive.
Bryant plans to play tonight when the Lakers (15-56) host the Denver Nuggets (30-42) at Staples Center, marking the third consecutive game he has played this week while nursing season-long soreness in his right shoulder. Bryant had missed two games last week as well as six of the last 10 contests.
Bryant has averaged 16.9 points on a career-low 35.7 percent clip in 28.8 minutes in 55 contests through his 20th and last NBA season.