The Lakers’ offseason has some landmark dates coming up — today, July 1st — but, for the players, their summer routine has already begun. Most have already likely taken their customary break from basketball activities and are now likely to be back on the grind.
This is especially true for the young players who are looking to take major strides forward next season, which means putting in the work now. And there is no player who this applies to more than D’Angelo Russell. As the highest of the draft picks among the Lakers young core, he has the most expectations placed on him to pan out as a top player. Fair or not, then, fans will look first to see how he’s progressing rather than concerning themselves with Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, et al.
It’s good, then, that it seems Russell is doing his part by putting in the work. Or at least that’s what it looks like from these twitter and instagram videos.
Crushed leg day! #loading #lakerswork #lakersnation ?????? @dloading @lakers pic.twitter.com/mqJzMVfWhG
— Tim DiFrancesco (@tdathletesedge) May 16, 2016
Look, I’m not one to put a bunch of stock into a couple of 10 second clips. That said, these glimpses — however brief — into Russell’s regimen are nice to see. While him getting a stronger base and tightening up his handle are only two of many things he can work to improve this summer, they are important ones.
Again, I don’t want to make more of this than what it is. If anything, it’s just nice to see this young man putting in work and get a hint of the types of things these guys do every day to get better. Hopefully we’ll get more looks like these as the summer goes on and then we get to see it play out on the court — be it in scrimmages from the USA Select Team or summer league.
off topic, but I wanted to give props to Jim McMillian, a Lakers champion and a deadly baseline operator in his day. May he rest in peace.
Andres Garcia says
Glad he’s playing USA select. In hindsight, I think he was a little out of shape going into Summer League last year.
After an up and down rookie season it’s good to see him working. I hope he takes it serious this summer, we’re gonna need him..