Lakers News: Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell have formed a close friendship since working out together prior to the 2015 NBA Draft. Since then, the No. 1 and No. 2 picks have spoken highly of one another at every given opportunity.
After facing each other a number of times since high school, Towns and Russell teamed up for the first time during Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge. “We’ve never played with each other actually. In pre-draft (workouts), he was on one team and I was on another team. So this is the first time. It’s really cool,” “Towns said after the U.S. Team’s Rising Stars practice session.
Rookie of the year…
Recently, Russell felt that Towns was the runaway favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award ahead of Kristaps Prozingis, Jahlil Okafor and himself. It’s hard to argue against Russell. Towns is averaging 17.1 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his rookie season.
Simply put, Karl-Anthony Towns is already a star in the league and is almost a lock to make the next all-star game. According to the big man, Russell is a future all-star, too. “He’s (Russell) playing at a higher level right now. He’s playing so smart. He’s hitting a lot of shots. He’s doing a great job. He’s growing into a player that I can’t wait to see when he’s an All-Star,” Towns said of the 19-year-old Laker.
After Minnesota beat Lakers in two close contests to start the season, Russell and the Lakers finally got some payback on February 2. “I had my chance and he had his chance. This is fun. It’s awesome. When you have the chance to go against a brother of yours on the court, you’re always looking at each other like: If you score, we’re looking at each other. If I score, I’m looking at him,” said Towns.
It’s very obvious that Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell share a close bond. It’s very rare for two rookies to share such a relationship, considering how cut-throat the league can be. Perhaps, it’s an indicator that Towns and Russell could team up in L.A. down the road. Never say never.