Young players on bad teams generally don’t let losing ruin their day. You’ll often times see them smiling and joking on the bench while their team is getting handled.
Kobe Bryant recently noticed this as the Lakers were getting worked by the Blazers the other night, and the two youngsters in question were Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell: the team’s two cornerstone players. Apparently, Kobe confronted them and called them out by name afterward.
Bryant, who posted 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting and five turnovers in 25 minutes through three quarters, became upset both with the Lakers (9-37) for losing their sixth consecutive game and for some on the team smiling after the loss, sources said. Bryant took particular aim at Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell and second-year forward Julius Randle and even called them out by name, sources said.
H/T: Inside SoCal