Coming into the NBA Draft, many questioned what the Los Angeles Lakers would do with their second overall pick. Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell and Duke center Jahlil Okafor were considered to be the favorites for the selection. It was difficult to predict which direction the Lakers would take with many expecting the team to go big and take Okafor.
However, when the NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced the Lakers’ pick Thursday night, it was Russell’s name that was called. Russell took time out of his memorable day to speak to the media via conference call and talked about joining the Lakers and helping the team get back to its winning ways.
Russell is looking forward to proving himself for the Lakers and the rest of the league. He has high confidence in his game and ability and believes it can translate well in the NBA. Adjusting to the speed at the professional level would be challenging at first, but Russell looks forward to overcoming that obstacle and tailoring his skills to match the league’s demands.[divide]