While there is a never-ending thirst for NBA-related news, particularly about the Minnesota Timberwolves, the offseason can be a bit of an arduous task to fill the pipeline with meaningful needle-moving impact information. But that can be a good thing, as it opens the way for some pretty entertaining stories.
While the opportunity for those ‘other notable’ stories can be limited, the window is open right now, so why not indulge in something that may bring about a smirk, chortle, or downright laughter?
This little anecdote came about several years ago when Foot Locker featured a recently drafted Philadelphia 76ers rookie PG Ben Simmons with Minnesota Timberwolves C Karl-Anthony Towns, Phoenix Suns SG Devin Booker, and Los Angeles Lakers/Brooklyn Nets PG D’Angelo Russell.
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The commercial features rookie Simmons questioning veteran players Towns, Booker, and Russell about what he needs to know in the NBA. Of course, the commercial covers the basic principles of hard work and the fact that the NBA is much more difficult than college basketball, both points driven home by Towns and Booker.
Where it turns fun is when the trio turns to D’Angelo Russell and Simmon poses the question: “Anything else I should know, D’Angelo?”
To which D’Angelo Russell asks if Ben Simmons has a phone, takes it, and proceeds to chuck it into the ocean.
The joke may sail over the heads of viewers now, but at the time this commercial was taped, the headlines were filled with the controversy and feud between Los Angeles Lakers teammates D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young. The quick and dirty reason for the feud began in 2016 when Dlo recorded Nick Young bragging about cheating on Pop Star and fiance Iggy Azalea. The recording got out, Young and Azalea broke up, and Young blamed Russell for the mess.
That is why Dlo grabbing Ben Simmons’ cell phone, hurling it out the window, and smashing it on the rocks below is so funny.
Perhaps even stranger is the fact that the careers of all four young NBA players in the commercial have all taken dramatically different trajectories.