Lakers News: Latest on D’Angelo Russell’s Position, Kobe Bryant’s Role and More

The Los Angeles Lakers will be one of the most under-the-microscope teams this season for a variety of reasons.

There's Kobe Bryant playing in possibly his final season, a host of promising young players trying to find chemistry together and then the dynamic between Kobe and the young guns—can the 37-year-old legend step back and let the kids play?

Los Angeles had a disappointing start to its season Wednesday night at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves, losing 112-111 despite being up 15 points in the third quarter. But there were some bright spots, like the performances of Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams and Roy Hibbert.

Let's look at a few of the storylines making news in the aftermath of Wednesday's contest and heading into Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings.


Russell Moving Back to Point Guard

D'Angelo Russell didn't have the greatest NBA debut Wednesday night, scoring just six points on 2-of-7 shooting in 26 minutes. He played more of an off-the-ball role with Clarkson as the lead guard, but Bryant said that will change, per the Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina.

The point guard position is a more natural fit for the 19-year-old Russell, who excels at making plays off the bounce, especially in the pick-and-roll.

But will this change merely fix one problem to create another? Giving Russell some freedom to handle the ball will definitely help him be more productive on offense, but Clarkson isn't a natural spot-up player, either. The second-year guard out of the Missouri Tigers will likely see his comfort level decrease if he and Russell do indeed switch positions.

The dynamic between these two, along with Bryant, Williams and Nick Young, could end up defining Los Angeles' 2015-16 season. Each of the five perimeter players likes the ball in his hands a lot and prefers to create his o...

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