Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell opens up about a variety of topics on The Vertical Podcast with Woj.
Entering his second season, Russell discusses life as a No. 2 overall pick, new coach Luke Walton and what he learned from playing with Kobe Bryant last season.
Russell also talks about growing up as a Rajon Rondo fan in Louisville, Ky., and playing with Ben Simmons in high school.
1:19: What Russell now knows about the NBA that he didn’t a year ago.
3:13: His relationship with Walton and the difference between Walton and former coach Byron Scott.
5:56: Walton empowering Russell to be the team’s leader.
7:33: What he has learned about what it means to play for the Lakers.
10:26: Memories of Bryant’s 60-point finale against the Jazz.
15:45: Being compared to former Lakers greats instead of just his contemporaries.
18:16: Jerry West’s visit to the Lakers and his message.
24:48: Leaving Louisville for a prep school.
28:07: Being teammates with Ben Simmons at Montverde Academy in Florida.
29:43: Not expecting to be a one-and-done player at Ohio State.
35:04: What advice would Russell give to a player considering leaving college early?
37:51: Dealing with the media spotlight that comes with playing for the Lakers.
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