D'Angelo Russell wants opponents to hate Nets
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D'Angelo Russell wants opponents to hate Nets

The new Brooklyn guard envisions a New York attitude from his team this season.

D'Angelo Russell wants teams to hate the Nets. This from a player who knows something about being vilified.

What Russell has in mind for his new team is far different from the notoriety he experienced with the Lakers, where he feuded with teammate Nick Young over a social media snafu. Russell was also often criticized by coaches and executives including Magic Johnson.

Now that Russell is in Brooklyn, he wants to bring a high level of combativeness to the floor.

“I want teams to hate us,” Russell said, via SBNation. “We’ve struggled over the last few years in Brooklyn. Teams are used to coming in and taking nights off. I just want to rebuild that and make it a place where people come and say, ‘all right we got the crowd against us. It’s New York.’”


Russell was speaking at the Nets Inaugural Basketball Camp at Battery Park City. SBNation described the scene as Russell and several new teammates winning over the crowd with a gritty style.

As for regular-season games, Russell says opponents should expect the same.

“Everybody is circled on my calendar," he said. "Everybody.”

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