At the end of practice on Saturday, Luke Walton tasked his 19-player roster to make 15 free throws to avoid doing sprints.
While his Laker teammates shot, second-year guard D’Angelo Russell stood on the sideline and relentlessly barked at Walton.
Put me on the line, Coach. I have a make for you right here. Let’s go, Coach.
“I’m saving him,” Walton said, smirking, to assistant Brian Shaw. “I want there to be some pressure on it.”
Russell, the Lakers’ 20-year-old starting point guard, knows pressure. He is at the center of the post-Kobe Bryant era, and the quarterback of the free-flowing...