Who was Magic Johnson hanging out with before sacrificing D’Angelo Russell (and mainly Timo Mozgov’s contract) to the Brooklyn Nets for 2018 cap space? Why none other than the tank commander himself, Byron Scott! As you can see in the above photo, Magic, Byron, and Cecilia Gutierrez (Byron’s GF) had a nice workout sesh at Equinox one day prior to the trade.
Now, Magic consulting with one of D-Lo’s old coaches is obviously something any thorough basketball man would do. But in this case… it’s fair to question how impartial Byron was in his assessment of D-Lo after their drama-filled (Swaggy P Snap incident, constant criticisms, general old-school coach BS, etc.) 2016 season.
Just last month Byron was back to slamming D-Lo’s work ethic (via The OC Register’s Mark Medina):
“I don’t know if his work ethic has gotten any better. Some of the people I’ve talked to in the organization said that it hasn’t,” Scott said of Russell.
Obviously Magic agreed so much that he’s picked up where Byron left off in the slander department:
Magic Johnson on D’Angelo Russell: "We want to thank him for what he did for us. But what I needed was a leader.” Full quote: pic.twitter.com/3FhPthOpN1
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