“I just wanted to ask from the outside looking in, what did he expect from me, what did he think of my game?” Russell said. “I just wanted the raw cut version of what the, I don’t know, what the naysayer what people say about me? I know people say, ‘Oh, defense. Whatever. Not a leader.’ Everything that the norm usually said about me. I wanted to ask him … I wanted to be coached in those situations. I wanted to be better at that. He was just like, ‘With time I’ll give you a better evaluation on what I feel and what I think, but as of right now it’s a clean slate.’”