Lakers rookie D'Angelo Russell has repeatedly shown this offseason how much he has to learn.
He drew Kobe Bryant‘s attention by calling Tracy McGrady maybe the greatest of all time – and then doubled down by calling Lakers fans spoiled. He wasn’t necessarily wrong, but it might not have been the smartest thing to say.
Now, he’s taking the opposite approach – saying something it’s fine for him to say but is almost certainly wrong.
Russell, via Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders:
“Expectations are high,” Russell says, “but this Lakers squad will most definitely be a playoff team.”
This is taking the comments of general manager Mitch Kupchak – who said the team was capable of making the playoffs – to the next level.
Most definitely? There’s something to be said for confidence, but I think we’ll all have a good laugh over this quote in a few months.