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D'Angelo Russell wants to "stick around" in NBA

Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard D'Angelo Russell hopes that he can learn how to "stick around" in the NBA from veteran teammate Kobe Bryant.

Rookie guard D'Angelo Russell has said that he wants to learn how to "stick around" in the NBA like veteran teammate Kobe Bryant.

The Los Angeles Lakers took the 19-year-old second overall in this year's Draft, and he hopes that playing alongside Bryant and speaking to recently-retired Steve Nash will help him have a long career in the league.

Russell told Los Angeles Daily News: "I'm trying to figure out their mentality with each practice and each game. How do they manage to be around the game for so long and be successful?

"I want to learn how to stick around this league. I don't think there's a cheat code to it. But the sooner you find it out, the better you'll be."

Russell and teammate Jordan Clarkson, who is heading into his second season, have both been working with Nash in the off-season.

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Friday's key events


ATHLETICS
· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

ROWING
· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

SWIMMING
· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

TRAMPOLINE
· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

CANOE SLALOM
· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

FOOTBALL
· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

> Today's schedule in full
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