Lakers Guard D’Angelo Russell Drops Blunt Admission After Beating Warriors
D’Angelo Russell joined the Los Angeles Lakers right on time and now he has a chance to win a ring. Russell and his Lakers teammates beat the Golden State Warriors and will now go against the Denver Nuggets. Believe it or not, Russell didn’t think he’d make the Western Conference Finals. He joined the Lakers to win and they did more than that.
“Honestly, Rob Pelinka can tell you guys — I didn’t expect this. I didn’t think this. I’d be wrong, I’d be lying if I did,” Russell said. “Once we got out there, you could tell guys liked each other, guys wanted to play for each other. It was just contagious. Everyone wanted to win, everybody wanted to get the job done every night. We had a chance and we ran with that.”
D’Angelo Russell said he’d be “lying” if he said he knew the Lakers had WCF potential after the deadline…until they started playing ball pic.twitter.com/J9X4iL9xNK— Michael Corvo (@michaelcorvoNBA) May 13, 2023
Russell averaged 14.7 points in 32 minutes per game in the series against the Warriors. He had a key role in the regular season and embraced similar role in the playoffs. The veteran and his teammates tried really hard to get here and it was a wild adventure for everyone.
The Lakers had a poor start of the season, but made the Western Conference Finals. Players sustained injuries and even played through these injuries. LeBron James returned from his injury sooner than expected just because he didn’t want to leave his team on thin ice. The same happened to Anthony Davis and the rest of the guys on Darvin Ham’s roster.
Rob Pelinka had a big role, too. He made the moves his team needs to get Russell and a few other players who did better than the guys who left the team at the trade deadline. According to Russell, the Lakers general manager deserves credit.
“He got snubbed for that GM award he was supposed to get,” Russell said of Pelinka.
Lakers fans would agree with Russell on this one. Pelinka did a good job and he will probably make a few more moves next offseason. His roster looks good and it will look even better next season.