Russell and Randle played two seasons together for the purple and gold before the Brooklyn Nets traded Brook Lopez and a first round pick in exchange for the former Ohio State guard. Despite losing a good amount of games, they had good moments together in seasons highlighted by Kobe Bryant's retirement. However, Russell revealed in a postgame interview with Spectrum Sportsnet that he has not remained very close with his former teammate.
"I'm a fan of his game, no relationship," said Russell. "We played together, went our separate ways after that. It's just been competitive energy since then. I'm not really friends with anybody to be honest. On the court it's no love, just trying to battle and get the win. Maybe we'll shake hands after."
It's very important to read the entire quote here and see that Russell described his relationship with no disrespect. In a current era of basketball where many criticize the stars of our league as being too friendly, the newest Lakers point guard is coming forward with an old-time mentality.