Most fans of the Los Angeles Lakers were pretty upset about head coach Byron Scott benching Julius Randle and D'Angelo Russell on Monday against the Toronto Raptors, a change the coach said would last at least 5-10 games. Russell and Randle were unhappy with the move, with the former telling Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times "I finally was starting to figure it out and then this happened. . . . I've never been in the [backup] position so I don't know how it's going to affect myself. I didn't expect it to happen like that, so if I was the problem, or if I was the change that needed to happen to better the team, then I guess it was worth it."
One of the few people who probably was able to take some degree of joy from the lineup change is the Lakers' new starting power forward, Larry Nance, Jr. . The rookie forward played 29 minutes in the team's Monday night loss and made the most of his opportunity, scoring 6 points on 3-4 shooting with 6 rebounds. His "biggest fan" was excited enough to break out a new jersey for himself in Nance, Jr.'s latest Instagram post:
Awwww... That's pretty cute. Not cute enough to justify benching Randle, but still pretty cute.