Nick Young on D’Angelo Russell: ‘I Can’t Be Mad Forever’

Los Angeles Lakers guards Nick Young and D’Angelo Russell have squashed their beef—Swaggy P says there’s no point in staying mad at his young teammate.

Young, 31, is excited to play for new Lakers head coach Luke Walton and move on from the Byron Scott nightmare.

He knows, though, that he may not have much of a future in the Purple and Gold.

Per the OC Register:

Young also seemed at peace surrounding an incident that fueled frustration throughout a taxing 2015-16 season. Young maintained he no longer harbors animosity toward second-year guard D’Angelo Russell, who secretly recorded Young on his phone admitting to infidelities with rapper and former fiancee Iggy Azalea. When the video accidentally became public late last season, Young was not initially receptive toward Russell’s efforts to apologize.


“We’re teammates,” Young said. “It’s been so long, so it’s kind of old. We’ll be able to work it out. We’ve already been working it out. I can’t be mad forever.”


Young sounded uncertain whether the Lakers will buy out his two-year contract worth $11 million before training camp starts in late September. Young indirectly outlined reasons for the Lakers to consider giving him another chance. He reported devoting plenty of his offseason toward improving his strength and conditioning. After clashing the past two seasons with then-Lakers coach Byron Scott about his public criticisms and role, Young sounded thrilled about Luke Walton’s subsequent hiring. […] “It’s a breath of fresh air for me,” Young said of Walton, who spent the past two seasons as a Golden State Warriors assistant. “Luke is a big-time coach and came from a championship team. I think I have the tools that we can use as a shooter.”