Maybe Russell wasn’t ready for the expectations, and his character flaws shone through instead of his talent. God knows it’s a lot to ask from a 19 year old, to lead this team, so there’s no shame in struggling with it. And I don’t think the Lakers did him any favors conducting his first season as a Kobe Bryant farewell chuck-a-thon. I think there’s blame on both sides.
He seems like a good kid, and I imagine this must hurt. It’s a shame.
Here’s hoping he grows up and fully commits. There's still time. He can be special.