Coming full circle. Kobe finds D’Angelo Russell and throws a consoling arm around him after the rookie’s overtime heroics fell just short, reenacting the scene between Shaq and Kobe during Bryant’s rookie season.
Ever since the Lakers won the #2 draft pick, I've been researching non-stop and debating back-and-forth between Jahlil Okafor and D'Angelo Russell.
Both are going to be brilliant on offense, and both will equally have to improve their defense. But after watching a few interviews, I realized Russell has something that Okafor and Towns don't really have — that cockiness and competitive fire that says, "I am the best damn player in this room and I will fucking prove it to you all."
That's the stuff that separates the really good players from the great players.
MJ has it. Kobe has it. LeBron has it. I think D'Angelo has it too.
So this morning, I called it on Twitter. Low and behold, I was right.
Welcome to Los Angeles, D'Angelo!!