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D'Angelo Russell looking to follow Kobe Bryant mentality

Los Angeles Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell admits that he is looking to follow the mentality of Kobe Bryant to establish himself in the NBA.

Los Angeles Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell has said that he can relate to Kobe Bryant's on-the-court mentality.

The 19-year-old was selected with the second overall pick in the 2015 Draft by the Lakers, and Russell has admitted that he has looked to the example of the 17-time NBA All-Star to forge his career in the league.

He told reporters: "I always preach, I didn't get here from being the most athletic guy, the fastest guy, the tallest guy, or the strongest, I got here from my mind.

"That's something when I watch Kobe interviews or listen to Kobe talk, he's mentally on another level, when I listen to him, I relate to that."

Russell averaged 19.3 points per game for the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2014-15 season.

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D'Angelo Russell #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes takes a free htrow in the second half against the Arizona Wildcats during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 21, 2015
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