Magic Johnson Mentors Los Angeles Lakers D'Angelo Russell: Is Jordan Clarkson Next?
D'Angelo Russell of the Los Angeles Lakers has found an appropriate mentor in the persona of one "Purple and Gold" mythic basketball player, Magic Johnson. According to Lakers Nation, the Lakers' Showtime era point guard had a sit-down luncheon encounter with the Russell. The second overall pick of the 2015 draft wanted to take more than just notes with Johnson who plays the same position as the Ohio States Buckeyes standout.
Johnson himself was more than grateful in handing down his basketball prowess to the eager 20-year-old as he posted on Twitter his more than upbeat confirmation on his blessings for the upcoming Laker floor general sensation: "In my meeting with D'Angelo Russell, he picked my brain about the PG position and I'm looking forward to working out with him this summer!" He added in an interview, "Laker Nation: I'm looking forward to being a mentor to D'Angelo Russell on and off the court."
Russell in his first NBA campaign has averaged 13.2 points per game along with 3.3 assists per game and if ever Johnson's "Magic" does rub off on the rookie then the Lakers' fans might have a contention of their ball club to finally make it to the eight spot in a grueling NBA Western Conference.
Kobe Bryant prior to his retirement has also been of an assistance to Russell however the five-time NBA champion's approach could be more pro-active as he himself wants the Lakers to relieve its former glory days. The Lakers have now become the perennial cellar dwellers of the West and grasping that Johnson's touch will be all around on their prized point guard, this will be an added leverage on the management's rebuilding process.
Lately, the Lakers reeled in the spunky and youthful assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors Luke Walton to replaced Byron Scott who had the worst season in Lakers coaching history with a dismal win-loss card of 17-65.
Johnson's presence on Russell could also boost his level of maturity. Russell was believed to be responsible for leaking a video on teammate Nick Young's cheating confession on rapper Iggy Azalea. Russell however already made his public apology, according to Hollywood Life.