D’Angelo Russell hasn’t gotten off to quite the explosive start to the season many hoped for. The sophomore point guard leads the team in scoring with 15.9 points per game, but has done so while shooting just 35.6 percent from the field and and assist to turnover ratio of 1.62. Those aren’t necessarily “bad” numbers, but many fans of the Los Angeles Lakers were hoping for a bit more efficiency from the young guard.
But getting outside of the numbers, Russell seems to be hitting all of the right notes. The young guard spent all offseason praising the addition of head coach Luke Walton and helping institute his culture, and he’s been a vocal leader for the team during their surprising 4-3 start as well.
Russell came up big down the stretch of the Lakers’ latest win, and his teammate Metta World Peace acknowledged this and Russell’s growing role as a leader of the team as only he could immediately following the victory:
This, as with nearly any Metta World Tweet, leads to a ton of questions. Why is D’Angelo floating? Who is that child? Who is the menacing guy behind them in the house in the woods? Why are they in the woods?
Well don’t worry, Silver Screen and Roll has the answers, in order:
- Because super leaders, unlike regular leaders, can float. Duh.
- The child symbolizes the Lakers’ youth movement.
- Byron Scott
- The woods represent the scary path towards growth the Lakers have to take, and Russell is there to lead them out.
Or, more likely, Metta is teaching himself how to use Photoshop and this was the kind of thing only his mind could come up with. Either way, all hail the super leader.
Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at@hmfaigen. For more on the Lakers fun team-building, listen to the latest episode of Locked on Lakers below: