On the penultimate day earlier than the beginning of the common season, the Lakers took to the apply courtroom for one of many last occasions this preseason on Sunday. After going winless in six exhibition video games, the Lakers are nonetheless trying to find their first win of the brand new season as they host Golden State on Tuesday.
Nonetheless, some excellent news may imply the workforce could also be returning to full power for that contest. Right here’s the notable information from Sunday’s apply.
Kendrick Nunn, Malik Monk return to courtroom
After being hit with a slew of accidents seemingly directly this preseason, the Lakers had some good harm information on Sunday as each guards Kendrick Nunn and Malik Monk took half in apply, although Wayne Ellington remained out.
“We nonetheless don’t understand how they’re going to be listed (on Tueday) however Kendrick did take part in apply together with Malik and Wayne didn’t,” head coach Frank Vogel stated. “Clearly, we’ll see how Kendrick responds to the work immediately earlier than we resolve his availability (in addition to) Malik.”
Monk’s unique timetable for return slated him to be re-evaluated over the weekend with the potential for him being obtainable for Tuesday. Nunn, in the meantime, didn’t have as definitive a timetable for his return.
As for Ellington, his return might be a lot nearer to Tuesday’s sport and his availability might be way more in query. Having each Nunn and Monk on the courtroom on Sunday, although, are huge positives for the Lakers.
Carmelo Anthony is stubbornly optimistic
Whereas the entire Lakers have been preaching persistence combined with optimism, nobody has been extra feverant in that optimism than Carmelo Anthony. The veteran ahead has not proven the slightest sense of fear concerning the Lakers regardless of their sluggish and generally disappointing preseason.
“I feel we’ll be prepared,” Anthony stated of Tuesday’s sport. “I feel we’ll be prepared Tuesday. I do know we’ll be prepared. You may really feel it, I’d say you may hear it however you hear quite a lot of issues. However we’ll be prepared Tuesday.
“Me personally, I felt like that all through the entire preseason. I simply know the kind of group that we now have, the caliber of fellows that we now have, the mindset of the fellows on this workforce. Like I stated, we’ll be prepared Tuesday. I don’t assume we gained’t be prepared Tuesday. Now, will all of it come collectively on Tuesday? Most likely not. However we’ll be able to play.”
For Vogel, the preseason has been a mixture of implementing a brand new offense, integrating gamers into his protection and doing all of it with a roster stuffed with veterans who had a extra deliberate method to the preseason.
“It’s powerful to get 15-plus 12 months vets to be utterly critical concerning the preseason,” Vogel stated. “I shouldn’t say critical. I feel guys have been competing however there was undoubtedly a preseason carelessness to a few of our passes that, hopefully, goes away and simply one thing that we wished to get on high of as early as we will. We talked about that however there’s been different factors alongside the best way, different components of our system: operating again in transition persistently, not complaining to the ref throughout live-ball turnovers, all of the defensive coverages…it’s simply a part of teaching a workforce.
“We’ve been pushing them to be actually good in all these areas and, hopefully, the preseason was good for us even when the win-loss document wasn’t.”
On the finish of the day, actions will converse louder than phrases and with their actions this preseason, the Lakers have arrange a situation the place a sluggish begin to the common season opens them as much as a lot criticism, honest or foul.
LeBron James and Austin Reaves, the brand new dynamic duo
Austin Reaves has grabbed the eye of everybody across the Lakers, from followers to coaches to teammates with none extra outstanding than LeBron James. On the finish of apply on Sunday, James was the one who pulled Reaves away from finding out performs to shoot with him to finish the day.
Lakers rookie Austin Reaves was going over some performs on a clipboard with a Lakers assistant after apply and LeBron known as him onto the courtroom to affix him in getting up extra pictures. pic.twitter.com/30Vb7zYhcj
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) October 17, 2021
Does James taking pictures alongside Reaves sign who he actually believes is the guard the Lakers ought to construct their offense round?
However it’s been unimaginable to look at Reaves who, not even three months in the past, went undrafted and is now a solidified member of the Lakers.
The Lakers will apply as soon as extra on Monday earlier than Tuesday’s common season opener on the Staples Middle towards the Warriors.
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