Nets G D'Angelo Russell is eager to prove to his new organization that he is capable of leading a team and making players around him better.
"I want this to be home for me," said Russell, via Newsday. "Getting traded and moving, changing your whole environment and situation is not easy. So, I don't want to do that again. The easier and the quicker I can get that relationship with guys, the easier that will be."
On the way out of Los Angeles, President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson called out Russell for his lack of leadership and his failures as a true point guard.
Russell disagreed with those comments, but has not taken shots at Johnson or the Lakers.
"I thought I was always a great teammate," Russell said. "I try to make sure of it. But as of now, I'm in a new situation, and I've got to earn that trust and relationships with guys. So, I'm going to go out of my way to make that happen."
There will be an adjustment period as Russell plays alongside a completely new set of teammates, including backcourt mate Jeremy Lin.
"We'll start to get that relationship, get a feel for each other within the system," Russell said. "I like to cut and I like to move without the ball, so, I don't really feel like I need the ball necessarily in my hands."
Russell was shipped to the Nets in late June as the Nets took on the contract of former Lakers C Timothy Mozgov and sent a late first round pick that turned out to be F Kyle Kuzma.