D'Angelo Russell wasn't only traded, he was insulted on the way out the door.
After the Los Angeles Lakers selected Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, team President Magic Johnson said Russell played well but stressed that he needed a leader as his point guard. Given that Johnson is one of the greatest ever to play the position, the sting might have really hurt Russell.
But his turbulent time in Los Angeles is over, so the only voices Russell are listening to are in Brooklyn.
"It's good to be here. I can't really control that, what they say," Russell said Monday. "I'm gone. It's the past. I'm here now. It's irrelevant, honestly."