Luol Deng, a 13-year veteran, inked a four-year, $72MM deal with the Lakers over the summer, and has had a significant impact on some of his younger teammates for his philanthropic work, Mark Medina of the LA Daily News writes in a lengthy and worthwhile feature. Deng has been a mentor toward Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram in a variety of ways, Medina details. One of the reasons Deng joined the Lakers was because of how active in Los Angeles he can be with his philanthropy, Medina notes.
Here is more news on the Lakers:
- Nick Young has resurrected his career with the Lakers as a key contributor and he has played so well that coach Luke Walton is now expecting solid performances from the swingman, Baxter Holmes of ESPN.com writes.
- Ingram has impressed defensively and opponents have shot only 32-for-79 when guarded by him this season, the second-best mark among rookies in the league, Joey Ramirez of NBA.com relays. “He’s got a good feel for where cutters are coming from and how to use his length,” Walton said. “If he puts his mind to it in practice and the game — toward the end of games when it gets tight — and he really locks in on defense, he’s tough to score on.”