Hundreds of Los Angeles Lakers fans waited outside the walls of Community Chevrolet dealership on Saturday afternoon to greet rookie point-guard, D’Angelo Russell. It seemed that the fans have forgiven Russell over the recently released controversial video involving Nick Young.
Russell was accompanied by his elder brothers Antonio and LeShawn apart from a security guard, and a representative from the Creative Artist Agency (His representative company). Russell revealed that “one needs to be thick skinned to survive at Lakers in this era”, via Bill Oram of OK Register.
Earlier, ESPN reported that some Lakers’ team-mates are isolating D’Angelo Russell over the leaked video, which revealed Russell’s conversation with Nick Young regarding the latter’s association with other women apart from his girlfriend, Iggy Azalea. On Wednesday, as the Lakers took on Miami Heat at Staples Center, Russell was booed by the fans as his name was announced in the starting line-up. He was also booed every-time he touched the ball during the game. On Saturday, it appeared that the situation has changed for Russell. The fans are eager to forgive the rookie point-guard.
600-800 fans were present to greet Russell, and they demanded the rookie PG’s stay at Lakers. “You’re here to stay, man,” one fan yelled to Russell. “We want you,” another said. A father holding his infant daughter pointed at Russell and whispered to her, “He’s going to win us a championship.”
“I feel like it was a big misunderstanding,” Steven Pesikov, 22, told ESPN.com. “I was a little sketched out about it, but I don’t think it was on purpose. It was just bad circumstances.”
More than 100 fans called up Chevrolet for Russell. “Over the last couple of weeks, people called just to offer support and wanted to make sure he was still coming,” Community Chevrolet general manager Chad Kelman pointed out. “We were really thrilled with how everything rolled out. Frankly, just about everyone that was here was here for the right reasons, and they were all very supportive.
“I think you realize this is a really welcoming fan base. The people that were here were truly fans of him and the Lakers.”
D’Angelo Russell said, “You’ve really got to have thick skin to survive in this era and this city.“
— Bill Oram (@billoram) April 1, 2016