D'Angelo Russell had just hit a late three-pointer as part of his career-high 39-points against the Brooklyn Nets. The barrage would ultimately carry the Lakers to one of their 17 victories of the season, and Russell began pointing to the veins on his left arm.
"Ice!" he mouthed into the cameras. "Ice in my veins!"
The moment was easily one of the most fun of the Lakers' horrific 2015-16 season, but until now we had no idea exactly where Russell's celebration had come from. The second-year guard revealed when exactly his arteries had frozen over in an interview of Alex Wong of GQ.
"It’s something my dad said growing up," Russell told Wong. "He always said you have to be prepared for big moments, you gotta have ice in your veins. You have to have no feelings. You have to go out there and play your hardest and do what you do."
Extending that advice past just the last few minutes of games would explain how Russell was able to get through such a turbulent rookie season, and Lakers fans should hope the ice never thaws during his career.
Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.