Lakers and D’Angelo Russell Rift Adds Fuel to the One-And-Done Fire
By Steve Conklin, YOUniversityTV – Just in case you chose to not look at any social media in the past 24 hours, the Los Angeles Lakers are in the news again. No, it’s not about how awful they are this year (2nd worst record in the NBA). Not even about Kobe Bryant playing his final games of his career. This is a story straight from TMZ – just the way it should be from the Lake Show.
A video surfaced in the past week that shows Lakers’ rookie guard D’Angelo Russell recording a private conversation between himself and teammate Nick Young. Young does not appear to realize he is being taped. The video shows Russell filming Young while asking questions about Young being with other women. Young got engaged to Australian rapper Iggy Azalea last summer… there’s the rub.
Can it be at all possible that Russell is too immature to play in the NBA and could benefit from at least another year at Ohio State? The answer seems to be pretty clear – YES!
To enter the NBA draft, you have to be 19 years old and at least a year out of high school. This “one-and-done” rule, which was established by the NBA in 2005, was meant to benefit both the NBA and players simultaneously. It doesn’t seem like this mutually beneficial. It has ended up to be in the interest of the NBA and detrimental to the players and college teams in some instances. It does no service to anyone but the NBA, making them feel confident that tried and true athletes are in each draft, instead of untested players right out of high school.
Sure, there are plenty of examples of one-and-done players that have had no issue in the league. But if our mentality is to just focus on the good and not the bad, well, that’s helping no one. I’m not saying that the one-and-done rule should be abolished. How about implementing a more thorough rookie symposium for just the one-one-done players, so that they feel that they’re in a zero-tolerance policy regarding their behavior?
This incident may have been a prank gone wrong, but in this day of the 24-hour news cycle and constant social media, these kids need to know exactly what they are getting themselves into when they click send/share/post. I’m sure Russell loves this attention, but this could be a vicious cycle that has just begun to spiral out of control.