Lakers New Arrival Explains Why He Has Been Eager to Play Alongside LeBron James His Whole Career

Published 09/21/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers stands on the court during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)


The return of Wayne Ellington to the LA Lakers this offseason was both a welcome and a much-needed one. The team needed help in shooting after acquiring Russell Westbrook via trade. Once free agency began, one of the first names to be associated with the Lakers was Wayne Ellington.

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During an appearance on Monday’s edition of the “Noble and Roosh Show” podcast, he spoke about training alongside LeBron James.

LeBron James’ intensity in training

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Ellington called LeBron James one of the greatest basketball players while praising his attention to detail.

“Just watching him a little bit and seeing how specific he is and detailed he is while he is going through that work, it just shows that why he is one of the greatest players ever to touch a basketball.

Ellington’s return to Lakers with Championship hopes

Ellington described LeBron’s training sessions as motivating.

I have always wanted the opportunity to contend for a championship and I’ve watched on TV some of the looks that LeBron creates, some of the tension that he brings.

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“And one day I hope I am going to get some of those looks and I think it’s just perfect timing – now when I’ve been asking for it.”

Apr 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) is defended by Detroit Pistons guard Cory Joseph (18) and guard Wayne Ellington (8) in the second half at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Pistons 131-124. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Ellington played with the Lakers for the first time in 2014-15. He experienced a solid year, scoring an average of 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. Ellington averages 8.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists a game over the course of his career. A lifetime 41 percent shooter from the field, alongside an excellent 38.2 percent shooter from beyond the arc.

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The Lakers should benefit from his shooting abilities. In such a stacked roster, it will be interesting to see how he fits in. So far, he hasn’t won an NBA championship. In the upcoming season, Ellington will certainly seek to change that with the Lakers.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the Greek Freak.

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