D’Angelo Russell getting ejected from the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Friday has inspired a wide-range of reactions. Lakers head coach Luke Walton was happy with the fight shown by his point guard, but one of his former players was slightly less pleased with the way that Russell approached the fracas.
“I wanted to tweet something about it but I couldn’t figure out my Twitter password. It’s probably best that I couldn’t. It was one particular player that pissed me off, bad,” Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green told reporters (as transcribed by Chris Haynes of ESPN). “To me, it looked like he didn’t want no parts of it and it completely pissed me off.”
Getting past the fact that Green apparently does not know the password to his own Twitter account, that statement was vague enough that it would seem to be unclear which player on which team he was talking about.
For the record: Draymond Green made it clear he's unimpressed with cowardice of D'Angelo Russell in #Lakers-#Bucks skirmish Friday.— Monte Poole (@MontePooleCSN) March 18, 2017
Did Russell want any part of the fight? You be the judge:
Russell did move away slightly after shoving Monroe, but it’s also hard to criticize a player for pushing an opponent away from their teammate and then not wanting to throw punches and get suspended or something.
Walton certainly didn’t seem to have a problem with how Russell handled things when informed of Green’s comments:
Luke Walton on Draymond Green's criticism of D'Angelo Russell's level of involvement in standing for Nick Young in last night's skirmish pic.twitter.com/dMrwHkJvcu— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 18, 2017
So yeah, this just seems like a whole lot of Draymond being Draymond, and it’s probably best that Russell doesn’t take advice on skirmishes from someone who considers kicking players in the testicles repeatedly a natural basketball move.
Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.