Jose Calderon Rumors
Walton conceded Russell had “some questionable moments” during Wednesday’s scrimmage before refering to some defensive miscues as “normal stuff.” Russell has sought advice from veteran point guards Marcelo Huertas and Jose Calderon on how to run pick-and-roll properly. And the Lakers will try to balance between coaching and empowering him to run the offense as he sees fit. “I always felt I had the leadership qualities as far as being a leader or leading a team. But at the end of the day, I’m a young guy,” Russell said. “I don’t really know what it takes to be as successful as I want to be. Then you have veteran guys that do. It’s about listening to those guys, learning from your mistakes and learning from the coaching staff. There’s a lot I can really gain.”
Stefan Bondy: Jose Calderon will be out “an extended time” with a thigh bruise. It’s time for Jerian Grant.