The Lakers selected D’Angelo Russell with the No. 2 overall draft pick and plan to throw him into the fire right away alongside Kobe Bryant. So far, Kobe says he’s been impressed with the young cat’s abilities. KB says Russell has been picking his brain, asking questions and most importantly, he’s going to make his life easier on the court—making the 37-year-old Bryant more of a catch and shoot player thanks to the rookie’s “ridiculous” playmaking skills. From Bill Oram of the OC Register:

Kobe elaborated on why he’s excited to play with Russell, in typical Kobe fashion:

And he also touched on how he’s trying to relate to the rook: