The 2nd overall pick from Ohio State showed us on Saturday the amazing amount of talent he has flowing through his body. But what many have failed to see is that the kid doesn’t seem very smart or maybe we pretend we don't see it because no one wants to admit that it may very well be true. Don’t get me wrong I love watching him and he has the potential to be a great player but he also seems to have heart break written all over him.
As we all remember last year Russell is very unaware of the “bro code,” having screwed over Nick Young who was talking about his affairs with other women. What was going through Russell’s head at the time when he was recording that video? Absolutely nothing. He doesn’t seem to think before he does anything. In his post game interview against the 76ers he said I played like shit on national television. Fantastic!
In addition he is also a stressful player to watch too! Last night he played a decent game setting up other players to score with 5 assists while posting 22 points. The last minute of the game went like this: Russell thought he won them the game, lost it for them, and then won it officially. Let me explain. With the game winding down and the ball in his hands, Russell ran the clock down to about 14 seconds before making his move off a pick & roll and then hitting a deep two to tie the game up with 8 seconds left on the clock. Russell immediately turns around and celebrates with his famous “ice in my veins,” gesture while the fucking game is still going. 76ers T.J. McConnell, who is actually the assignment of Russell on defense, runs the court and hits an easy layup on the Lakers as a result, putting his team back up by 2 points with 1.8 seconds left. The Lakers call a timeout and draw up a nice play that gets Russell open for a 3 at the buzzer, which he converts, and of course Russell celebrates again with the “ice in his veins.”
Don’t get me wrong the shot was dope and he should be excited about making it but if he missed that 3, which he easily could have, we’d definitely be talking about a potential bust candidate. Nonetheless, he showed resiliency by forgetting the last stupid mistake and coming back to make up for it. I don’t know what to expect from this kid, he may end up as a weekly fucking headache or a star player that will help the Lakers in the years to come.
Oh, and for all of you talking about mamba mentality please slow the fuck down because it’s making me nauseous.