Mitch Kupchak

Kyle Kuzma's debut as starter gives Lakers a boost in win over D'Angelo Russell and the Nets

Kyle Kuzma's debut as starter gives Lakers a boost in win over D'Angelo Russell and the Nets

With no fanfare, D’Angelo Russell walked off the Brooklyn Nets team bus and into the hallway where Lakers coach Luke Walton held court. For several minutes, reporters had pressed Walton about Russell, about the point guard’s time in Los Angeles and about what went wrong.

Then a respite came.

One reporter asked about Lonzo Ball’s performance in the previous night’s game. As Walton answered, Russell walked by. They made eye contact as he passed and Russell saluted his former coach. Minutes later, he saluted himself.

“I went through a lot,” Russell said of his tenure with the Lakers. “Kobe’s farewell, everything. I went through a lot, so, just to overcome that, I salute...

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