(Photo : Harry How/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – LeBron James (#6) of the Los Angeles Lakers excessive fives Rui Hachimura (#28) through the third quarter towards the Golden State Warriors in sport 4 of the Western Conference Semifinal Playoffs at Crypto.com Arena.
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is aware of that other than actively taking part in, he must mentor the youthful gamers seeing motion within the NBA in the present day. That all begins together with his present crew, notably Rui Hachimura.
The ninth general choose of the 2019 NBA Draft reportedly labored out with LeBron James within the offseason. This was confirmed by Lakers coach Darvin Ham, who revealed that Hachimura was with James all summer season by means of Harrison Faigen of SB Nation.
Rob Pelinka and Darvin Ham’s full quotes on Rui Hachimura’s function this 12 months and onerous work this offseason with LeBron: pic.twitter.com/3MvI2urVDA
— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) September 28, 2023
Footages of Hachimura understanding with James got here out in August. One clip confirmed the Japanese skilled basketball participant engaged on his taking pictures with James.
Buckets for breakfast. pic.twitter.com/N7ItFy8wex
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 21, 2023
At Lakers Media Day, James shared that he gave his teammates new nicknames after understanding within the offseason collectively. As for Hachimura, the four-time NBA champion got here up with the proper nickname for him.
“We’ve worked out together pretty much all summer … I see a lot in him. … I call him my Daniel-san and I’m Mr. Miyagi,” James mentioned through Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Different Hachimura for Lakers this season
After the Lakers acquisition of Hachimura in January, the 6-foot-8 ahead confirmed indicators of promise, NBA.com reported. While he struggled to do this frequently, expectations are excessive on Hachimura for the 2023-24 NBA season.
The 2019 Julius Erving Award winner re-signed with the Lakers, agreeing to a three-year deal value $51 million in July, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. He is among the younger gamers the purple and gold will likely be counting on of their quest to win one other NBA title.
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