During Brandon Ingram‘s exit interview he mentioned one thing that really stuck in everyone’s mind, he wants to work out with Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant. Lakers General Manager, Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton also agree that Ingram should train with Kobe but so should Russell, who played alongside the legendary shooting guard.
D’Lo has said he would love to join them and will ‘try’ to reach out to Kobe which may be easier said than done, as many players have also said that they want to train with Bryant.
“I’m going to definitely reach out to him. I just feel like there’s so many guys reaching out to him, tugging his way,”- D’Angelo Russell, Exit Interviews 2017
Last year, many players trained with Kobe including Utah Jazz’s forward Gordon Hayward. Russell’s quote makes perfect sense though as Kobe has spent every summer since his retirement training the young guys from all over the NBA and plans to this year despite being the owner of a thriving company and the dad to a young daughter.
Russell already has a fairly strong relationship with Kobe as he played with him in his rookie season (Kobe’s final season) and this would be a good attribute to use to his advantage as it may make Kobe more willing to train with D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram. This would help the young guys get into the best shape of their lives and really improve their game which would be a great help to both them, their future and the team.