Lakers G D’Angelo Russell Wants Playoff Run This Year; Finals Next Season
After a tumultuous 2015-2016 campaign that the saw the once proud Los Angeles Lakers franchise win a franchise worst 17 games en route to saying goodbye to longtime Lakers great Kobe Bryant, this season started & felt much different.
At 6-4 early on, the Lakers were two games over .500 for the first time since the 2012-2013 season. After missing only two games during his rookie campaign, Lakers young star D’Angelo Russell received a PRP injection in his left knee and missed 11 consecutive games. An 8-game losing streak followed and the Lakers are now 10-18 on the season.
Despite the current losing streak, Russell’s expectations for this season and next are extremely high.
“I don’t want that ever again,” Russell told ESPN’s Baxter Holmes. “I don’t want to come in with a losing record. I don’t want to go to a losing team and you’ve got guys going every which way after practice – the chemistry just wasn’t there. I feel like with this team and with this organization, people want to be a part of it. People want to be Lakers. There’s just so much pressure, and some guys handle it and some guys can’t.
“I’ve always been a guy that, I don’t know, just attacks pressure. I want to be a part of this whole thing turning back around. I’ve seen what it was to be at its lowest point. I want to be a part of a playoff run this year … next year, Finals.”
Luckily for 2nd year player, the 8th seed in the Western Conference is up for grabs as they are only 3.5 games behind a .500 Portland Trail Blazers squad.