Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell to have locker next to Kobe Bryant

first_imgBefore they play together in an NBA game, Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell found a practical solution that will accelerate any adjustment period with Kobe Bryant.Russell requested to have his locker next to the Lakers’ star. “I don’t know how much longer he’s going to be around,” said Russell, who will first practice with Bryant on Tuesday in Honolulu. “So to have the opportunity to pick his brain a little bit every day, I don’t have to make it weird by walking to his locker. I’ll just look to my right and there he is.”On Monday, Bryant asked Russell if he felt nervous amid the expectations as the Lakers’ No. 2 draft pick. “I said, ‘A little bit. I don’t know what’s coming my way,’” Russell recalled. “He said, ‘This is the same thing you’ve been preparing for your whole life.’ That gave me a boost.” • RELATED: Kobe Bryant not sure what to expect from himself, LakersRussell could share the backcourt with Jordan Clarkson, while Bryant slides to small forward. But Lakers coach Byron Scott said he remains undecided.“He has a good head on his shoulders,” Bryant said of Russell. “My responsibility is going to help him just not to lose sight of what’s most important, which is the game.”Full workloadAfter playing limited minutes in summer league to protect his surgically repaired right leg and right foot, Lakers forward Julius Randle will not face any restrictions entering training camp.“I feel amazing,” Randle said. “I feel 100 times better than I did last year.”• HEISLER: Media Day optimism as good as it gets for LakersScott anticipated Randle will face some adjustments with an added workload after playing only 14 minutes last year in his rookie season.“I don’t think he’ll get off to a shaky, shaky start,” Scott said. “But he’ll still have some rust he’s going to need to knock off.”Worthy investmentIn what Bryant called “an extremely smart move,” the Lakers hired Hall-of-Fame forward James Worthy to work with Scott’s coaching staff. Though he will still retain his role as an analyst for Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Worthy will work with the team’s frontcourt players beginning in Honolulu.“We’ll let James come in and kind of teach those guys some of the things he was able to accomplish,” said Scott, who played with Worthy during the “Showtime” era.“We’re trying to take advantage of every situation that we can to make sure we give our players a chance to get better a lot sooner.”• WHICKER: Kobe and Tiger, together until the endWorthy already mentored Randle last season with on-court workouts before his injury.“I learned a lot from him last year,” Randle said. “It was huge for me. It’s going to be great to pick his brain again.”Painful goodbyeClarkson sounded bummed former Lakers guard Steve Nash recently accepted a consulting gig with the Golden State Warriors.“I’m happy for him,” said Clarkson, whom Nash mentored occasionally last season. “I just wish he could be around more.”Etc.The Lakers hired Tracy Murray as a shooting consultant during training camp.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more