Lakers Daily Links: Monday

Lakers' Byron Scott says D'Angelo Russell is getting comfortable in role: In the eyes of Lakers rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell, he has been given more freedom to operate the offense since he became a starter again five games ago. -- Los Angeles Times

LA Lakers’ Byron Scott likes D’Angelo Russell’s progression, but is it enough to become a leader?: The sample size filled with stronger production and increased minutes in a starting role made Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell credit something that went beyond his control. “I have more freedom and a longer leash,” Russell said. “Earlier in the year, it was no leash.” -- Los Angeles Daily News

Russell needs to lead the Lakers by example: With Byron Scott waiting to see whether D’Angelo Russell embraces being a leader on the court, the Lakers coach is reminded of the 2005-06 season when, as the coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, he was tasked with grooming another young point guard. -- The Orange County Register