If he have been to ignore every part taking place round him throughout the 2021-22 season, Los Angeles Lakers sophomore Austin Reaves might have ended up fairly happy together with his first marketing campaign as an expert basketball participant.
Of course, Reaves would have to be a particular form of self-centered narcissist to have any sort of long-lasting satisfaction about this previous season. Despite the younger guard out-performing everybody’s expectations of himself, he was nonetheless part of some of the disappointing Lakers seasons of all time, a lot of it stemming from the blockbuster trade that introduced the ill-fitting Russell Westbrook to the staff.
That horrible match spawned trade discussions round Westbrook on the 2022 trade deadline, with these trade discussions persevering with into this summer time. Slowly however absolutely, these discussions appear to be proving futile as Westbrook may very well be a Laker but once more this season, however we’ll by no means say “by no means” right here.
Reaves is not any dummy, as a result of though he would not have a Twitter and would not even watch SportsCenter, he is totally conscious of the trade rumors surrounding the man who began at level guard above him this previous season.
Here’s what he mentioned relating to his mindset across the whole scenario when speaking to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer on the Callin app:
“As far as I’m involved, he is on our staff and we’re gonna go into the season like that. We’re gonna all come collectively as one and determine it out. That’s my mindset. I can not communicate for everyone, however such as you mentioned it is Russ, it is the Lakers. So the magnitude of it’s gonna be extra, however for me, like I haven’t got Twitter. I do not actually watch SportsCenter.”
However, although he would not bury himself within the media’s dialogue of trade rumors like, properly… the readers and author of this text do… Reaves is conscious of how shortly issues can change within the NBA with the individuals he calls his teammates.
“The loopy factor concerning the Russ scenario like I used to be with Talen on the Dodgers sport, it was really once I threw out the primary pitch. When he acquired traded, we have been really sitting and speaking about it. You know, like we have been strolling out to the automobile and we cut up methods and actually like 10 seconds later, one in all my buddies despatched me the tweet from Woj, and I used to be like, rattling, like, I used to be actually simply with him. But you already know, it is the best way of the NBA and the vast majority of individuals within the NBA are gonna be in trade talks sooner or later.”
Reaves appears very smart with the best way he discusses the mountain of rumors surrounding his previous, present, and (in all probability) future teammate in Westbrook. That demeanor more than likely comes from his intense concentrate on getting the work in and bettering, a piece ethic that has triggered his weight to improve from 197 to 209 kilos.
“So I imply, I simply put together one of the best ways that I can put together. And you already know, we’re wanting ahead to the season…. I do not understand how all people else handles it. But for me, like I simply hold my head down. Stay away from all of the bullshit, trade rumors.”
Lakers followers will at all times look again on the 2021-22 season with intense disgust, nevertheless, Reaves continues to present that the marketing campaign wasn’t an entire failure as his value-add is not unique to what he does on the courtroom. His phrases relating to the Westbrook scenario present he may also be a clever, smart, and assured voice within the locker room as well as to being a beneficial position participant outdoors of it.
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