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Luke Walton wants D'Angelo Russell to lead his Lakers attack

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The L.A. Lakers were always going to want more from D'Angelo Russell in his second season with the franchise.

After impressing in the Summer League, the 20-year-old guard has started preseason well.

Besides being picked second overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, Russell has had to step up since Kobe Bryant has retired.

He had 21 points, four rebounds, five assists and a steal in 24 minutes in the team's 101-97 preseason loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday.

Boss Luke Walton suggested after the defeat that he would be making sure Russell is more aggressive on offence in future.

"He struggled a little bit early because he really is trying to do the right thing, do what we're asking him," Walton told reporters after the loss. "But at this level, there's a fine line of doing what the coaches want and playing off feel. The guy has got a phenomenal feel for the game. So a lot of picks he was coming off, he was trying to play make even though he was open for the shot.

"So what we're trying to tell him is, any time you're open, shoot it. We want you to play make, we want you to get everyone involved from the point guard position. But when you're coming off screens and you're open, the best way to make that defense pay is to shoot. He's one of the best shooters we have."

If Walton can get Russell firing like Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson did under his guidance with Golden State, imagine what the Lakers could do.

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