Coach Luke Walton continues to guide the Los Angeles Lakers in the post-Kobe Bryant era. Though they don’t have a legitimate superstar yet, the 36-year-old rookie coach already has the idea on who will become the next face of the franchise.
The Lakers are barely surviving the 2016-17 NBA season with a 13-25 win-loss record. Their recent struggle showed that they need a legitimate superstar on their team. After Bryant retired, Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell, and Julius Randle were expected to step up for the Lakers.
Brandon Ingram, the second overall pick of the 2016 NBA draft, showed some star potentials and was frequently compared to Kevin Durant. However, as of now, coach Luke Walton admitted that none of them could become the next face of the franchise anytime soon.
2/2: ..change in the future, Luke said: "I don't see any of our young core taking over as face of the franchise anytime soon." (On espn710)
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) December 20, 2016
Some people believed that Walton’s statement was a way to encourage his players to improve their game. The Lakers eye to end their struggle to keep their playoffs hope alive. In their recent game against the Memphis Grizzlies, they established an impressive performance and Walton sees the potential of Julius Randle to become the next face of the franchise.
JULIUS RANDLE SHOWING QUALITIES OF A FRANCHISE PLAYER
On Tuesday night, Randle notched his third career triple-double, posting 19 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists. Walton believes that Randle can be great and said that he will continue to push him to further improve his skills.
“We talked out why I got on him at practice and because I think he can be great, I’m going to continue to hold him to high standards. He obviously responded pretty well and gave us a great effort tonight,” Walton said.
Walton praised Randle’s alertness, saying that he could fill the stats sheets every game if he continues with the same performance. The 36-year-old rookie coach tries to bring the best out of players. Most of them already showed some improvements in their game than the past seasons.
GM general manager Mitch Kupchak said that they’ve no plan in breaking their young core. This means that the Lakers believe that they’re young players have the ability to bring them back to title contention.
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