After being traded, this was D’Angelo Russell’s and Timofey Mozgov’s first time talking to the media. Today, Russell announced to the media “I was surprised. I’ve never really been traded before and I didn’t know what to expect.” For a young 21 year old kid, I’m not surprised. He is slowly getting used to the NBA and its business. If I was Russell, I would be surprised too, since I’ve been playing for only 2 years now. But I would also be wondering “Why trade me? I think I’ve shown what I can do to the Lakers. And since the Lakers did draft Lonzo Ball, didn’t they think that we could be a lethal back court?” This is just how I feel, though I do think that Russell is more than just surprised, and a few more thoughts are going through his mind.
In my one previous posts, I talked about what Magic Johnson commented on D’Angelo Russell. And this is what D’Angelo had to say about that:
“I can’t control what they [the Lakers] say. I’m gone so it’s the past,” Russell said. “Being 21 [years old], living in Los Angeles and coming to New York is not a complaint for me or my family.” (Source #1)
And what I was saying in that post was why did Magic have to say that, the past is the past. Russell said a similar thing, because the present is the present, the past isn’t going to come back and that’s it. He also had to say this about the trade:
“I’m excited. Once I heard the trade happen, I was surprised,” Russell said. “I didn’t look at it as a negative. I looked at it as a celebration. I can’t wait to get in the gym with these guys and just learn from them.”
At least Russell didn’t have any negative words to say to the Lakers. He’s looking straight into the future, being excited and optimistic, something that the Nets should be happy about.
As for the future of the Nets, it doesn’t look too bad, as long as the front office doesn’t screw up badly. They have to be careful of these next few years, because they can make things happen. One thing that really screwed them up was trading there picks in the most anticipated drafts in a while. Imagine this year they would’ve gotten Markelle, and next year, Michael Porter Jr. or Luka Doncic. Or maybe, without that trade they wouldn’t even be in the lottery. It will be to make the magic happen this year and next year considering that they won’t have their top draft pick. But they have a rising star in D’Angelo Russell who I promise will have a great stat line next year considering that he has the worst team in the league. He’ll be able to do whatever he wants on the court. That’s it for today. Hope you enjoyed 🙂 PEACE