D'Angelo Russell Comments on Nick Young Relationship After Video Incident

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 30: D'Angelo Russell #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks during a news conference to discuss the controversy with teammate Nick Young before the start of the NBA game against the Miami Heat at Staples Center March 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell has been in the spotlight all week after a video he secretly recorded of teammate Nick Young speaking about alleged infidelities became public.

As a result, there has been a reported strain on Russell's relationship with Young, per ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Baxter Holmes. The 20-year-old addressed the media Friday to discuss some of the tension that's cropped up, per the Los Angeles Daily NewsMark Medina:

The Lakers said no fights have broken out, at least not yet. Should Young unleash his frustrations on Russell with a fist or a shove, however, the Lakers' rookie point guard contended, "I'd get physical back. I wouldn't necessarily say things got to that point or it's there yet," Russell said. "But if it does, you've got to deal with the consequences."

After the video had been made public, Russell apologized during a press conference prior to the team's 102-100 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, telling reporters he felt "as sick as possible," according to ESPN.com

Russell also told reporters that he offered an apology to Young, but he came away from the interaction unsure of whether the two had an understanding. 

"I reached out to [Young], let him know my apologies," Russell said, per ESPN.com. "I don't know if they were accepted. I wouldn't blame him [if he didn't]."

On Friday, Russell added that he won't actively approach Young as both players take a step back and evaluate the damage that has been done.

"It's kind of at this point where you need your space, and you can't force peace if it's not there," Russell said, per Medina. "You've got to let the time heal it."

At this rate, neither player needs additional distractions that would accompany a physical altercation. Rather, they'd both be served best by focusing their attention on the court as the Lakers seek to close out what's almost sure to be the worst regular season in franchise history on a high note. 

Wednesday's win over the Heat briefly distracted from the saga that's engulfed the team, and a win or two down the stretch as Kobe Bryant's farewell tour comes to a close could shift the focus away from Russell and Young when the offseason arrives.


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