D'Angelo Russell may not have played a second in the Lakers close win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, but the young point guard could not have sounded less bothered by that fact after the game. "I was a fan. Just to get to really witness it and see it in person." Russell said after the game, as captured by Serena Winters of Lakers Nation. " The second overall pick in the 2015 Draft was in awe of the effect Bryant had on the road crowd. "Man he makes it feel like it's a home environment," Russell said, a sentiment Jordan Clarkson shared with Mike Trudell when interviewed on Time Warner Cable Sportsnet before the game.
"It's a little emotional, most of the time we're coming in here it's almost like a home game for us, these arenas are sold out, filled with Lakers fans." Clarkson said. "It makes you want to go out there and play much harder and hopefully get a win, but at the same time we have to forget about it and just go out and compete. We are doing this for him and also for the organization, just trying to get wins."
Anthony Brown was less impressed with the affect on the arena than the throwback clutch performance from Bryant:
VINTAGE BLACK MAMBA 2️⃣4️⃣— Anthony Brown (@TwoShotOne) December 3, 2015
Brown's fellow rookie forward, Larry Nance, Jr, wasted no time (or characters) summing up his thoughts after the game:
◼️ =— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) December 3, 2015
For one more night, it was nice to see people calling Bryant the GOAT instead of the goat.
Clarkson quote transcribed via Time Warner Cable Sportsnet