Interestingly, Russell did not pick many players from the older generation. Three of his picks- Curry, James, and Kevin Durant– are currently playing in the NBA. Durant was, in fact, tied with Shaquille O’Neal for the final spot. Legends of the game, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, were a part of the all-time starting five.
D’Angelo Russell picked Stephen Curry & LeBron James among others in an Instagram live session
D’Angelo Russell names his All-Time starting 5: Steph, Kobe, MJ, LeBron and Shaq/KD with a tie for the last spot pic.twitter.com/NKZI7F9pBl
— Chris Montano (@gswchris) April 15, 2020
Russell picked his players in a recent appearance on Instagram live. During his session, Russell also talked about the culture at his previous team- Golden State Warriors. Russell joined the Warriors last summer when they lost Kevin Durant. But his stay did not last even a season.
Warriors owner Joe Lacob recently explained why they traded Russell so soon after his signing.
“Even though (Russell’s) a good guy and really performed quite well for us, I think we all made the decision that perhaps there was a better fit out there than that,” Lacob said.
“We had an opportunity to go and get a guy that we thought was a better positional fit, who was the same age, basically made the same money. We thought he could really help our team and would fit better with Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson).”
Russell, in his Instagram live appearance, commentated on how the Warriors had built a winning culture.
“The culture to winning, it’s not easy to make, it’s not easy to build,” Russell said. “It comes through time. The coaches that they had over there, you can see why they win, you see why they had the success that they had. They just do it right, there’s a lot of special basketball minds that drive that ship over there. It was dope, I enjoyed the whole experience.”
Russell played 33 games for the Dubs- averaging 23.6 points, 6.2 assists, and 3.7 rebounds over 32.1 minutes per game while shooting 43 percent from the floor & 37.4 percent from three-point range.