D'Angelo Russell and Kobe Bryant.

Kobe's advice to D'Angelo Russell after video incident: 'You got to just play'

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It has been a tough few days for Los Angeles Lakers rookie D'Angelo Russell.

After a video he had filmed of teammate Nick Young leaked online over the weekend, there were reports yesterday that his teammates had been freezing him out and had "lost trust" in him. There was also a significant backlash on social media, too.

Since then, the young star has gone on record to various publications to emphasise his regret and apologise. Now, in a video released by ESPN's Sports Center, he has also opened up about the advice he received from Kobe Bryant.

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"It was tough to a certain extent," Russell said when asked about his preparations for Wednesday night's game against the Miami Heat.

"When you got a guy like Kobe or somebody that has been through everything," he continued. "He is just like, 'You got to just play, you've got to just play there is no answer...There's nothing anybody can say, you've got to just play.'"

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The 20-year-old guard, who said he also received similar advice from his father, admitted just getting onto the hardwood offered some respite.

"Yeah, definitely," said the 2015 Draft's second overall pick. "I can't really show my face anywhere without people hating me right now but I try to handle it the right way and remember why I'm here."

Veteran advice 

As one of the league's elder statesman, Bryant is certainly a player who has been around an NBA locker room long enough to know how things work - and how to ride out a tense situation.

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So, did the advice work? In just over 35 minutes of playing time against Miami, Russell had 16 points, four rebounds and one assist. Not a bad night considering the circumstances. 

The Lakers, meanwhile, managed to bounce back from a humiliating defeat against the Jazz earlier this week to grab their first W in five games.


As we reported earlier today, Nick Young and even Kobe himself have also spoken about the incident over the past 24 hours. 

Young, seen in the video answering Russell's questions about encounters he may have had with women other than his fiancee Iggy Azalea, said he and the rookie would discuss the situation in private.

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Bryant, meanwhile, tried to play things down by reminding everyone that "everybody makes mistakes."

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