When D'Angelo Russell was selected with the #2 overall pick back in 2015, there was no reason to beleive he wouldn't still be a Laker two years later.
But, as life often shows us, things don't always work out how you expect. After the controversial videotape drama with Nick Young last year, things started heading for a downward spiral.
His reputation diminished, and his play on the court just wasn't good enough for the Lakers to keep him after all the locker room drama.
Now in Brooklyn, he seeks to start fresh in a city that desperately needs him to live up to his amazing potential. The story is changing for this young stud, but it doesn't mean he'll forget how it started.
Tonight was D'Angelo's first game back in Staples since the trade went down. And, as you'd expect, emotions were flying high. His and Julius Randle had an absolutely heart-warming greeting before tipoff a few hours ago.
Even with the D'Lo era over in Los Angeles, it's still clear that the city, and his former teammates, still have a little ice in their veins left over.