However, the well-respected power forward could not hav…

However, the well-respected power forward could not have foreseen what happened when he hung up his sneakers after the ’06-’07 season. “When I finished playing, I started feeling some bouts of depression, and I didn’t even know it was depression,” he says. “Just waking up, feeling bad, feeling sad, feeling lost. “Some days I’d be in the shower and just crying for no reason, and I never thought to tell somebody.”
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Now that Russell is getting some good pub — the narratives flipping from lottery bust to Magic Johnson gave up on him too quickly — he won’t let it distract him. “I’ve been on the worst side of the tilt,” Russell said after Thursday’s practice at Santa Monica High School. “So to now to be on this side where we’re having a little success, I’ve seen both narratives. I’ve seen every narrative you could throw. When it comes to preparing myself for them, I’ve looked in the mirror and I’ve put myself in the situation before [the media] could.”