D’Angelo Russell Teaches Ben Simmons A Valuable Lesson In This Amazing Foot Locker Ad. | Gradient

D’Angelo Russell teaches Ben Simmons a valuable lesson in this amazing Foot Locker ad.


First, some context.

Iggy Azalea, the international avatar for hip hop’s gentrification, broke up with her fiancé, Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young, citing an inability to rebuild her trust. If you’re into sports, you know Nick Young for feeling himself a lot — maybe a little too much. Enough to nickname himself “Swaggy P.” (Young claims it was a title handed to him from God.)  Enough to celebrate his shots before they go in, even the shots that aren’t going in:


If you’re not into the NBA, but you’re present on the internet, you’ve seen Young’s handsome mug become the international sign for “I’m extremely confused someone help pls.”


So, yes, Swaggy P and Iggy Azalea are a very meme-able couple. But, why did they break up?

That’s where uber-talented Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell comes in. In a prank so poorly conceived, only a man named Swaggy P could fall for it, Russell recorded Young admitting to cheating on Azalea on Snapchat. While we at Gradient support faithful spouses and thriving families, Young nonetheless failed to endear himself to his teammates after exposing a veteran’s incriminating clubhouse secrets via social media. The beef lasted through the season, and by all accounts, seriously harmed the team’s togetherness and chemistry. 

Back to the Foot Locker ad: The new commercial features the expected first pick, Ben Simmons, asking last year’s rookies how to adjust to the NBA lifestyle. Karl-Anthony Towns and Devin Booker provide useful, cliche platitudes. But Russell? Russell offers a suggestion with the zeal of someone familiar with the eternal wisdom of “delete your account.”

Watch and laugh at the ad, “It’s Real Now,” below:

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