Los Angeles Lakers fans booed rookie guard D’Angelo Russell on Wednesday night during their 102–100 overtime victory over the Miami Heat after he recorded what appeared to be private conversation on his phone with teammate Nick Young.
The video was leaked and shows Young discussing his relationship with other women other than fiancée and rapper Iggy Azalea.
Man, quite a few boos from the Staples Center crowd when D’Angelo Russell was introduced tonight.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) March 31, 2016
Boos from the crowd when D’Angelo Russell touches the ball on offense.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) March 31, 2016
A fan behind press row just yelled "traitor" when D'Angelo Russell touched the ball.— Michael Pina (@MichaelVPina) March 31, 2016
Head coach Byron Scott told reporters before the game that he saw it as a “bump in the road,” and that he was disappointed the Lakers were unable to deal with the situation internally before the media caught wind of things.
Russell finished with 16 points on 6-of-19 shooting in 35 minutes against Miami. The video was a hot topic following the overtime win.
D'Angelo Russell: “I can’t really show my face anywhere right now without people hating me. I’ll try to end it the right way.”— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) March 31, 2016
Kobe on D'Angelo: "It's unfortunate man. It's tough." Added that maybe it would lead to growth. "I'm sure he'll be better from it."— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) March 31, 2016
Kobe on the off court issues: “Adversity is always tough …especially with young guys … But it all comes back to the game.”— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 31, 2016
Julius Randle takes diplomatic route on Russell/Young: "Both these guys have my support. That's their personal situation."— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) March 31, 2016
With the victory, L.A. improved to 16–59 and avoided its second straight 60-loss season. Miami fell to 43–31.