D’Angelo Russell on Austin Reaves: ‘They probably discredit him because of his skin color, but he got game’

“Killer. Killer. Oh my god [Austin Reaves] is a killer… He kind of always felt like ‘yeah, I can do that. I’m built like that.’… They probably discredit him because of his skin color, but he got game.” —D’Angelo Russell (via @PatBevPod )
Source: Twitter

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
New #HoopCollective with @WindhorstESPN and @espn_macmahon on the opening day of Team USA camp, news on Josh Hart and Austin Reaves, and thoughts on the next generation of young talent across the league:
open.spotify.com/episode/5WqxbL…4:28 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Lakers this offseason:
— Extended Anthony Davis
— Re-signed D-Lo
— Re-signed Rui Hachimura
— Re-signed Austin Reaves
— Signed Gabe Vincent
— Signed Taurean Prince
— Signed Cam Reddish
— Signed Jaxson Hayes
Top __ roster going into next season. pic.twitter.com/eksHvi6xMf4:05 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
New ESPN story: NBA notes from the opening day of Team USA training camp, including Josh Hart discussing opting in (plus the possibility of an extension), Austin Reaves on why he chose to sign a four-year deal to stay in LA and Steve Kerr on expansion:
espn.com/nba/story/_/id…2:23 PM
Bryan Kalbrosky @BryanKalbrosky
I wrote about some some of the most NBA valuable contracts signed this off-season, including:
• Austin Reaves
• Herbert Jones
• Cameron Johnson
• Josh Okogie
• Paul Reed
• Jevon Carter
ftw.usatoday.com/lists/nba-best…8:51 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Who should take the SG spot in the projected Team USA starting lineup? 👀
🇺🇸 Austin Reaves
🇺🇸 Tyrese Haliburton
🇺🇸 Anthony Edwards pic.twitter.com/UgJHbDmpmc2:25 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Who should take the SG spot in the projected Team USA starting lineup? 👀
🇺🇸 Tyrese Haliburton
🇺🇸 Austin Reaves
🇺🇸 Anthony Edwards pic.twitter.com/ts0pj7U6ha2:15 AM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
For the sickos who like to watch, Thursday’s @LockedOnLakers pod, on YouTube! We break down this season’s rotation questions, Austin Reaves with Team USA, and D’Lo on the PatBev podcast. @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
youtube.com/watch?v=Xm8zSf…4:34 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Thursday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! We break down a few rotation questions, Austin Reaves playing with Team USA, and D’Angelo Russell’s appearance on the PatBev Pod. @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/loc…12:38 PM

More on this storyline

D’Angelo Russell: “My Kobe was old; my Kobe was on his way out… I’ll just go from an aura perspective. Kobe was on his way out, but LeBron is more involved with everybody and everything. On the bus he’s social, on the plane he’s social, he’s just more sociable. When I was with Kobe, I sat next to him on the plane and we sat in one of the back seats… I sat next to him every time and just watched and studied him and just chill next to him – he never talked. -via TalkBasket / August 3, 2023
“On the floor, he was on his way out so he didn’t really have that youthness to him where he was bouncey, he was just getting to it. Bron obviously still has a different motivation, he’s still writing his book (career). Kobe already decided he was retiring that year. Our team was, everybody was on a one-year deal and there weren’t a lot of young guys so our ‘win now’ moment wasn’t there…” Russell stated. “It was a fun little run, but we got Kobe on the way out when he was happy-go-lucky and his spirit was a little different. Everybody always said like ‘Man, you lucky you got Kobe on his way out versus when he was still through the grind because he was nasty and competitive’ and everything you say he brought that into it.” -via TalkBasket / August 3, 2023
Scotto: Lakers guard Austin Reaves recently told All The Smoke on Showtime that the Rockets and Spurs were possibilities before he re-signed with the Lakers. The Spurs considered offering Reaves a restricted free agency sheet worth $21 million per season, league sources told HoopsHype. Ultimately, however, the Spurs were scared off by the widespread belief that the Lakers would match any offer sheet for Reaves and chose to preserve cap space as a salary dump destination for future draft pick compensation. The Rockets were also closely monitoring Reaves’ situation because they were prepared to make a big offer sheet if Fred VanVleet didn’t sign with them, sources said. -via HoopsHype / July 26, 2023
Austin Reaves: He [LeBron James] acts like a damn kid. He acts like he’s like 18. You know, I never really see him in a bad mood. Always joking, laughing, having a good time. For someone that you put on a pedestal because he’s done what he’s done, for him to just be so personable, right? Yeah, you can talk to him about anything. You can have a good conversation with him, you could joke around. Like I said, his best thing is he comes to work every day happy. -via YouTube / July 24, 2023

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