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D’Angelo Russell calls ‘Kobe’ before practice shot, airballs (video)

Kobe Bryant, D'Angelo Russell, Byron Scott

Kobe Bryant, D’Angelo Russell, Byron Scott

AP

Remember when Blake Griffin impersonated Austin Rivers by breaking off the offense and then shooting over the backboard?

Griffin could do that, because he’s a star and Austin Rivers is Austin Rivers.

Does Lakers rookie D’Angelo Russell want to similarly clown Kobe Bryant?

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

Russell was clearly joking around when he waved off an imaginary screen to isolate. That’s pure Kobe.

Airballing a contested jumper? That’s pure Kobe, too.

I’m just not sure Russell intended to hit that close to home.