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Magic Johnson Praises D’Angelo Russell Then Throws Him Under the Bus
It was the shock heard round the world when the Los Angeles Lakers suddenly decided to trade PG D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets just before the NBA Draft.
The Lakers then drafted their point guard of the future after selecting UCLA product Lonzo Ball in Thursday’s NBA draft. While introducing Lonzo to the media on Friday, Magic went on to thank D’Angelo for his two years with the organization, and then suddenly threw him under the bus.
“I’m going to do what it takes to get the right players in here with the right mindset. D’Angelo (Russell) is an excellent player. He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us,” Johnson said Friday, according to the Los Angeles Daily News’ Mark Medina. “But what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody that also can make the other players better and also (somebody) that players want to play with.”
Magic Johnson on trading D’Angelo Russell. It’s not a consensus, but there’s good # of others in + out of organization that share this view pic.twitter.com/L4jawnpiMP
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) June 23, 2017
Two years were more than enough for the many people to question Russell’s character and maturity on and off the court, thanks to an incident in which he secretly recorded Nick Young confessing to cheating on his now ex-fiancee, musician Iggy Azalea.