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Tuesday's Lakers News: Walton learning how to handle Randle, Russell

Lakers' Luke Walton coaches D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle differently: The interactions often become animated when Lakers coach Luke Walton offers feedback to third-year forward Julius Randle. Walton harps on Randle’s effort. Randle occasionally allows his competitive nature and frustration in the heat of the game to affect his reaction. Nonetheless, Randle accepts the tips, mindful that Walton’s words fuel his desire to become great. Those images don’t match the way Walton has coached second-year guard D’Angelo Russell with the Lakers (15-26) going into Tuesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers (16-23) at Staples Center. -- The Orange County Register

Lakers' D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle learn that preparation and routine are half the battle in NBA: Yes, Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell calls assistant coach Jesse Mermuys “Nemo,” the animated character in a Disney movie. Mermuys, Russell believes, looks like a little fish, and in turn Mermuys calls Russell “Dory,” Nemo’s friend. They work together enough that nicknames are inevitable, but the substance behind their relationship changed something in Russell not long ago. -- Los Angeles Times