Malik Monk reveals harsh reality-check he got before joining the Los Angeles Lakers


Malik Monk reveals harsh reality-check he got before joining the Los Angeles Lakers

Malik Monk

Malik Monk was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2017 draft of National Basketball Association and he stayed with the team while coming off the bench and making a big difference on both the ends as the young guard really is and was capable to come up in clutch situations. The Charlotte Hornets but never really believed in Malik Monk and no extension from their side was offered to the young guard resulting in him entering in free agency.

Malik Monk in his last season for Charlotte Hornets averaged 11.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while suiting up for 42 games and getting a average time of 20 minutes in each. This off season Malik Monk being only 23 years old and having skills of a key player who can run the game while coming off the bench if trusted with ball was very disappointed knowing the teams wanting him to join them or even sign on a minimum deal.

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Malik Monk
Malik Monk

Malik during his time in Charlotte Hornets was respected as a good bench player but was never the primary option even when in rotation so the respect didn’t really matter and drafting of Lamelo Ball with a healthy Gordon Hayward back and plans to have Kelly Oubre Jr. in the roster also didn’t really leave any space for a player like Malik Monk to blend in which was sure a direction towards free agency but due to no such major impact been seen by him in years there wasn’t much for him served on the table during the off-season.

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Malik Monk’s disappointment related to his demand during the off-season

Malik Monk
Malik Monk

Malik Monk is currently playing for the Los Angeles Lakers on a minimum veteran contract of 1 year for 1.7 million dollars and is really a changed and better player since the Los Angeles Lakers have trusted him and even ran him up and down as a primary guard. On Monday after the Lakers practice Malik Monk opening up with the reporters shared the harsh reality he faced before joining the Lakers as no other team was quite interested in him and didn’t really want him on even a minimum deal while he thought he still has it and can be a long term player.

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Malik Monk quoted: “It kind of hit me hard when nobody really wanted me besides the Lakers, man. It was hard for me. Some days, I didn’t know what to think. Just put fuel in my tank and just held it until the time … I get to play, man, and prove that I can play for a long period of time.” This season Malik Monk is currently averaging 11.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.7 SPG and 0.4 BPG as he is constantly contributing to keep on adding a win and making the way easier on the offensive end for the Los Angeles Lakers who have trusted him.

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