Despite a barrage of ugly chucks from Kobe Bryant (he finished the game shooting 7-of-26 from the floor,) Roy Hibbert losing his mind and the fact that the lowly Philadelphia 76ers’ first win came at the expense of the Los Angeles Lakers, there were some positives to take away from their 91-103 defeat.
Not only did rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell throw a gorgeous dart to teammate Julius Randle that resulted in a trip to the free-throw line, but he hammered home a huge dunk on several 76ers in the fourth quarter of the contest.
It’s amazing what Russell, who the Lakers selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft, can do on the floor when not unnecessarily chaperoned by head coach Byron Scott, who has a lot of fans miffed with his handling of Russell and his minutes.
Russell finished the loss with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.