D'Angelo Russell has spoken at length about the difference Luke Walton has made to the atmosphere within the L.A. Lakers' camp.
The rookie head coach has been tasked with leading the franchise into the post-Kobe Bryant era after three dreadful seasons under Byron Scott were brought to an end after they finished bottom of the Western Conference.
Russell had an up and down relationship with Scott that contributed heavily to his stop-start rookie campaign but he is expected to have a breakthrough year as a sophomore.
Last week the point guard was asked about former Golden State Warriors assistant, where he said he always used to play as Walton on NBA 2k.
His comment was: "I remember playing with him on 2k; I used to always play as him. I'm definitely a fan."
Now, we're in no position to question what Russell said, but the former Lakers player was hardly a star on a team that included Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and others.
Former San Antonio Spurs player Stephen Jackson was not impressed with Russell's comments and took to Instagram to give his thoughts, saying: "The new NBA. Brown nosing at its best.
"To be real Luke Walton didn't pick Luke Walton on 2k. GTFOH. Smdh. U gonna start Kid u ain't gotta do all that bruh. Man it's sad I tell ya. Just be real with others and they will respect that. #GBG #getbettergang."