A lot has changed for the L.A. Lakers since the end of last season. After finishing bottom of the Western Conference,the franchise waved farewell to head coach Byron Scott and brought the curtain down on Kobe Bryant's career.
The young roster is being led into the new season by rookie head coach Luke Walton and a lot is expected of them in the near future, despite limited expectations to push for a playoff spot this season.
D'Angelo Russell had a tough time of things in his rookie campaign but is expected to explode onto the scene in year two. He recently spoke about what has changed.
“Last off-season was Looney Tunes,” Russell said. “Wasn’t real. I didn’t get nothing out of it.”
Speaking on how this year is going, he added: “Fun. Real fun. The team, I feel like, is growing.
“I feel like if I came into the league this year, in this environment, it wouldn’t have been as tough. Even if Kobe was here, it still wouldn’t have been as tough...
“The coaching staff, the whole atmosphere that this coaching staff brings is different. I’m not saying better, I’m not downgrading the last coaching staff. I’m just saying the atmosphere they bring every day is a winning mentality.”