‘LeBron Isn’t the Biggest Part..’: Malik Monk Explains His Motivation to Play for Lakers

Published 08/14/2021, 2:21 AM EDT
Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3), forward LeBron James (23) and coach Frank Vogel react in the second half during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers were one of the busiest teams this off-season. After a season where the Purple and Gold crashed out of the playoffs in the very first round, it was clear that Rob Pelinka had to shake things up.

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Trading off players like Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the Lakers brought in a superstar name in Russell Westbrook. While Brodie dominated the headlines, the Lakers also brought in some talented veterans like Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony.

 

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The Purple and Gold also made some intelligent young signings like Malik Monk and Kendrick Nunn. Given the number of signings they have made, the Lakers are loaded and are surely one of the favorites to win the title next season.

Malik Monk reveals why he is excited to play with the Lakers

Malik Monk was one of the signings who went under the radar this off season. Coming off of an amazing season with the Hornets last season, Monk proved that he can be a great spark plug off of the bench.

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The new Lakers’ signing recently explained why he is excited to play alongside his fellow Kentucky in Anthony Davis. “He’s a big man who can play the guard position and he can guard 1-5 as well,”

He added, “So if LeBron isn’t the biggest part, then AD is probably the key to this. Or I wouldn’t say the key, we’re all keys, but AD is one of the biggest parts of this team, man, because what can he not do? I’m just looking forward to it.”

May 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) controls the ball against Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first half in game four of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

This new Lakers’ setup will definitely provide a lot of relief for the likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davis who were the primary offense creators in the team. With multiple shot creators in the lineup and some elite shooters like Monk in the side, the Lakers’ will have a significantly improved offense this season.

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Westbrook might slot in right off the bat but it will be players like Monk and Nunn who will be the X-Factor between the Lakers’ succeeding or eventually faltering. ‘Last season the lack of lethal three point shooting was the primary reason for disappointing playoffs. Will the young guns be able to step up to the pressure and deliver? Can the Purple and Gold win it all next season?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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