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Lakers Podcast: Does it matter if Kobe Bryant isn’t talking to D’Angelo Russell this summer?

Should the Mamba be mentoring?

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It’s officially September, which means we’re even closer to Los Angeles Lakers training camp and (more importantly) actual basketball to discuss. Unfortunately, training camp not being here yet means the NBA is in peak silly season.

That couldn’t have been more evident than in the latest “story” to circulate the NBA discourse: D’Angelo Russell sharing with Slam Magazine that he hasn’t spoken with Kobe Bryant this summer. Should fans care, or is this just the latest offseason talking point while we wait for basketball to return?

After the latest, fire-breathing bonus take edition of Harrison’s Hot Takes, hosts Harrison Faigen and Anthony Irwin discussed their thoughts on this “story,” and whether or not it matters if Russell and Bryant aren’t exactly spending their entire summer hanging out with each other.

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