According to ESPN.com's Baxter Holmes and Marc Stein, Lakers rookie D'Angelo Russell is not in good standings with his teammates. On Tuesday, a video of D'Angelo recording a conversation between himself and teammate Nick Young surfaced on the Internet. In the video, Russell is asking Young questions about being with women other than his fiancée, rapper Iggy Azalea.
Iggy took to Twitter to address the video:
"Right now, [The Lakers] are handling it by isolating him," a source told Holmes and Stein.
In sports, teammates are family and the locker room is your home. Road trips help build bonds and relationships that are hard to break. On or off the court, you're supposed to always look out for your teammate and keep them out of harm's way. It's unclear how this video surfaced but some people will argue that Russell's questions to Young imply ill-intent. Although it may have been a prank gone wrong, Russell will have a hard time gaining trust from players in any locker room he steps foot in from here on out.