D'Angelo Russell praises the impact of Luke Walton in L.A.

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There has been a lot of change within the L.A. Lakers franchise over the past few months.

After the Kobe Bryant retirement tour ended, the focus quickly shifted to how the Purple and Gold can rise back up the NBA ladder.

Two terrible seasons, where the organisation had franchise-worst finishes, led to former head coach Byron Scott losing his job.

He was replaced by former Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton and then Brandon Ingram was drafted with the second pick of 2016 to add to a young roster that includes D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr.

The days are winding down until the opening game of the season and Lakers fans actually have something to be excited about. Point guard Russell, who is expected to have a big season, has been speaking very highly of rookie coach Walton.

He said: “He’s one of the best people I know, as far as off the court. We communicate on and off the court as much as possible. I feel like I can call him anytime. He’s not like a head coach that will sit back and just watch his other coaches and colleagues just train other players, he’s always involved.

"He’ll get out there and play with you if he wants. It’s just great to have a young coach like him in the building.”

Having added Luol Deng to give competition to Ingram at small forward, the Lakers are expected to have a much stronger season, although, playoff basketball still seems some way off.

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