D’Angelo Russell gave Devin Booker a badly wanted win.

Booker’s Suns have been unceremoniously bounced by the Nuggets in six video games within the Western Convention semifinals — with the deciding Recreation 6 a 125-100 trouncing.

Booker then uncharacteristically bolted the Suns locker room afterward, opting to not converse to the media.

He additionally didn’t converse to the press the next day.

The fallout from the postseason disappointment was the firing of head coach Monty Williams.

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Russell, the Lakers level guard, snuck his Coco5 drink into his press convention once more after Los Angeles eradicated the Warriors in six video games within the different Western Convention semifinal.

Devin Booker’s Suns season got here to an earlier shut than he’d hoped.
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A Lakers spokesperson rapidly yanked the drink, because the NBA is sponsored by Gatorade.

Nonetheless, Russell’s efforts have garnered consideration and Booker is almost all proprietor of the sports activities drink firm, in addition to an envoy himself.

“It’s necessary for us,” Booker instructed AZCentral.com after Russell’s first Coco 5 stunt, which got here after Recreation 3 of their opening-round sequence agains the Grizzlies.

“I used to be completely happy. I introduced it out within the [2021 finals] after we performed, additionally. The power to have the ability to endorse your personal merchandise. One thing that [Russell] is invested in, too. That’s sweat fairness. It’s a ardour venture for each of us and for it to come back to mild a bit of bit like that and folks see it on the large stage is necessary.”

It was a curler coaster postseason for Booker, who was placing up electrical performances within the Suns’ first 10 postseason video games — averaging 35.9 factors per recreation — earlier than crashing with a 12-point efficiency in Recreation 6 towards Denver.

Booker mentioned final month that the drink getting yanked from the press convention is definitely a greater outcome than it simply sitting there.

D'Angelo Russell #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to the media after Game 6
D’Angelo Russell introduced out a Coco 5 with him after Recreation 6 — although it was promptly taken away.
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“I believe it was a superb turnout,” Booker mentioned. “It gave it extra mild than it will’ve if [the bottle] simply sat there.”