In their completely failed 2021/22 season, the Lakers had little good news to eat. Among the few rays of sunshine, there were at least Austin Reavesholder 19 times in the second half of the season and who finished his first year in the NBA with 7.3 points per game.
For the rear, the coming exercise will be that of confirmation and the competition will be tough, with Kendrick Nunn finally at 100%, or the arrivals of Patrick Beverley and Lonnie Walker IV. But he does not hide his ambitions.
“Being in the top five is always a goal”he assures Stadium. “Being a starter at the Lakers is cool. But I’ll be happy no matter what role I’m given. I will do my best with my abilities. Afterwards, basically, I want to win. I accept the role they are going to give me. »
That will be up to Darvin Ham to decide. But whatever happens, like last season, Austin Reaves will share moments with LeBron James, who notably spoke of his young teammate as a « pearl ».
“We spent time together in the gym. It’s very easy to play with him. » explains the former Oklahoma NCAA player, referring to the 2020 Finals MVP. “It puts you in the right positions to succeed individually, but also collectively, for the team. He is a real conductor on the field. Being with him on the court is special. I hope it will continue. »
Lakers’ Austin Reaves sits down with @Stadium“I definitely don’t pass the eye test and I’m not the most athletic in the world, but I’ve figured it out so far. On goal of starting role in 2022-23, LeBron and Kobe, believing he’s the best golfer in the NBA, and more. pic.twitter.com/KplZQt7WYS
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