I can't in good conscience type the words "a young D'Angelo Russell" while describing a guy currently 19 years of age, so we'll just go with "a younger D'Angelo Russell."
A younger D'Angelo Russell first walked into the greater public consciousness in 2012, when cameras captured him losing his mind over a monstrous Blake Griffin dunk.
The slam was part of Griffin's warm-ups during a Team USA practice before the 2012 London Summer Olympics. A large group of aspiring ballplayers was in attendance for the theatrics, but the crowd quickly dissolved into the background when Russell stepped up and said the now immortal words:
"He dint even stretch, doe."
And that's how Russell walked into our lives—wide-eyed and aghast. Concerned for Blake Griffin's hamstrings.
I remember seeing the video, dying at this kid's reaction and then forgetting entirely about the moment. I didn't make the connection when he cropped up two years later as a freshman star at Ohio State, and it wasn't until Thursday night's draft that I put two and two together. Maybe it was the red.
He put on a red and white suit in honor of his (abridged) alma mater and accepted his spot in the floundering Lakeshow, where he'll try to find his place as a teammate and heir apparent to Kobe Bryant and the shooting guard throne.
He seems like a perfect fit for the Lakers too. Definitely not a stretch, doe.
Dan is on Twitter. Not stretching is key for muscle power and rigidity. Or something.