D’Angelo Russell reacts to bats interrupting Lakers practice (vid)
The Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday were trying to get in some practice on the road at AT&T Center ahead of Thursday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs when some bats buzzing around the building sent players scrambling.
Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell weighed in on the creepy situation and managed to sneak in a great reference about Spurs star Manu Ginobili in the process.
D'Angelo Russell, on bats "where's Ginobili when you need him?"
"They all vampires to me" pic.twitter.com/SZIRJXhmEc
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“We got bats on the floor. You see my main man [Julius Randle] is getting his work in, and we got bats on the floor,” Russell observes in a Snapchat video, as transcribed by Ball Don’t Lie.
“See the bats,” Russell continued, pointing out some of the flying rodents on the court. “Yo, where’s Ginobili when you need him. Yo, we got bats. Oh, my God.”
The reference of course is to Ginobili famously taking care of business when a bat interrupted a 2009 game in the Spurs’ home building … on Halloween, no less. The fearless forward bravely swatted the bat out of midair, sending it to the ground.
Ginobili revealed that he actually got rabies shots just in case the creature was infected.
“Just wanted to give you guys an update on the bat situation,” Ginobili wrote at the time in a Facebook post. “As many of you already know, it wasn’t a great idea. Not only for the fact that bats are great part of the ecosystem, but also, because some carry rabies, which is an incurable disease. That’s why I had to get vaccinated today [and it wasn’t just one shot!].”
Russell’s aversion to bats was made quite clear in later comments about the situation.
“Bats, are they dangerous, though?” Russell is asked. “Man, I don’t know. They vampires to me. They eat people.”
Well, not quite. But it seems the Lakers young star was following Ginobili’s advice about dealing with bats to a T.
“Finally, please, don’t do it at home or anywhere, avoid contact with bats, skunks, raccoons, rats and animals like that,” he wrote of his in-game heroics.
Sage advice, indeed.