Nick Young Clearly Still Mad at D'Angelo Russell, Blames Lakers Playoff Exit on Him: 'They Put Their Faith in the Snitch, and the Snitch Let You Down'

Young was teammates with Russell on the Lakers for two seasons.

Two basketball players in Lakers uniforms on the court during a game, conversing
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Two basketball players in Lakers uniforms on the court during a game, conversing

Nick Young believes the Los Angeles Lakers' first-round exit in the NBA Playoffs falls on the shoulders of D'Angelo Russell.

In his latest conversation with VladTV, the former basketball player criticized the Lakers getting eliminated by the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. According to Young, in addition to former head coach Darvin Ham not getting through to the team, Russell's mediocre play was a major factor as well.

Young had used Game 3, where Russell didn't score a single point and only racked up two assists in 24 minutes of play for the Lakers, as an example behind D-Lo taking the blame. 

"They depended on D-Lo, and that's just - you're asking to lose," Young said. "You're asking to lose right there, placing your faith in that...That Game 3 was tough for him, and I know I like to pick fun at him, but you just seen the writing on the wall, you know. I feel like that was a big game, and he could've changed the mindsets of what people think about him during that game, and he let the moment be bigger than him. I don't even think he scored a point that game." 

He added, "What do you expect? They put their faith in the snitch, and the snitch let you down."

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Young has an interesting history with Russell. Back when they were teammates during the 2015-16 season, Russell secretly taped a conversation where Young spoke about cheating on his finacée at the time, Iggy Azalea, and posted it on Snapchat. The incident grew a wedge between the teammates and Russell was reportedly isolated from the team Young’s engagement to Azalea ended as well, with the incident contributing to their eventual breakup.

Russell did apologize to Young for the mishap. During a press conference he said, "I reached out to [Young], let him know my apologies. I don't know if they were accepted. I wouldn't blame him [if he didn't]."

Judging by these "snitch" comments, it's clear Young is still holding a grudge after all these years.

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