The Los Angeles Lakers have unleashed their young players.
Out of playoff contention and in rebuilding mode, D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram have all received as many minutes as they could handle after the All-Star break.
Over the last 10 games, Russell has proven that he has the potential to be Los Angeles’ point guard of the future, scoring 19.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 30.9 minutes per contest. As a whole, the former Ohio State standout has put up 15.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists though 27.4 minutes while battling a few minor injuries along the way this season.
Despite his additional playing time and overall success over the past handful of games, Russell experienced perhaps the most embarrassing moment of the NBA season thus far right before halftime on Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Check out what happened below. Sorry in advance to all the Laker fans out there.
Who knew that receiving a rolling inbounds pass was so difficult? Taking his eye off the ball multiple times, he seemed extremely interested in instructing Randle where to go when he picked up the rock.
Unfortunately for him, the ball ended up out of bounds, bouncing first off his fingertips and then off his foot as he crashed to the floor.
Here’s another angle of the hilarious gaffe.
It's tough to imagine a more embarrassing scenario on that type of play. If you noticed, Randle’s reaction was perfect. It was a classic, “Are you kidding me?” moment.
Not only did Russell get utterly humiliated on the play, but it also came on the heels of a previous play in which he was late to rotate out to a three-point shooter. The fact that it came off of a defensive lapse makes it even worse.
Famously, the Lakers selected Russell one pick before Jahlil Okafor in the 2015 NBA Draft. Oddly enough, Russell’s epic blooper somehow topped Okafor’s own embarrassment earlier this season.
Okafor’s display was more effort-based, but still went down as one of the most pathetic and embarrassing sequences of the NBA season thus far.
Russell will be looking to put the play behind him, but fully expect to see it all over social media and on every highlight show repeatedly for at least the next few days. His teammates will also undoubtedly get on his case about it and an appearance on "Shaqtin A Fool" is certainly in order.
And it totally should be.