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Lakers rookie Austin Reaves makes a good impression on LeBron James

Lakers rookie Austin Reaves makes a good impression on LeBron James

It’s always a good sign when LeBron approves. In a recent interview with Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, Austin Reaves spoke about a moment during one of his games that involved LeBron James. The Lakers rookie described a play he made in a summer league game that apparently caught the star’s attention.

“It’s crazy … in the game, when they walked in, I had no idea they were coming, nothing. So I remember the time now when everyone was going crazy, but I didn’t know what it was at the time because I was playing. But during the game, we were on defense, and someone (on Detroit) shot it from the corner.

Another (Piston) was on the block, and he wasn’t checked out, so I went down and cracked him. I heard someone behind me say, ‘Good!’ or something like that. I’m like … I don’t really hear people.

But that voice sounds real familiar. Who? So I keep playing or whatever. Then I go to the bench, and I look over, and it’s LeBron and Russ. I’m like, ‘Oh! That’s crazy!’.” Austin Reaves

Further along in his statement, Austin Reaves credited LeBron James for his high basketball IQ. He also echoed his excitement towards potentially getting to play with the many great talents on the new Lakers roster at some point this season.

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 11: Austin Reaves #31 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball against the New York Knicks during the 2021 Las Vegas Summer League on August 11, 2021 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Austin Reaves & the Lakers 2021 rookie class

Admittedly, the Lakers don’t exactly have a headlining rookie class for the 2021-22 season. Their focus this offseason concerned bolstering the roster with veteran pieces. That said, the team did make sure to bring in a group of young talent. Alongside Austin Reaves, the Lakers’ rookie class includes Joel Ayayi, Chaundee Brown, and Mac McClung.

Though neither of these players stood out during the summer league, they’ll have an opportunity to learn from some of the game’s very best. This could provide them an opportunity to grow into key contributors for an NBA franchise in short order.