No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russell has tremendous praise for Kobe Bryant, who he will join on the Los Angeles Lakers, saying that to play with the Black Mamba is a “highlight of his life.” The rookie point guard from Ohio State had to plenty more say about playing alongside No. 24 during a radio appearance on Sirius XM Radio. From Russell’s recent radio appearance, via Fox Sports:

“He was my Michael Jordan. I didn’t grow up watching Michael Jordan. I didn’t grow up watching Magic Johnson, Byron Scott, Larry Bird, I didn’t get to watch those dudes. So when I was growing up it was Kobe, Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, those dudes, so to get the opportunity to play with him for his last years is a highlight of my life definitely.”