ESPN Analysts persuade Rui Hachimura to recruit Shohei Ohtani to Dodgers after his new deal with Lakers

NBA Legend Mychal Thompson asked Lakers forward Rui Hachimura to persuade Shohei Ohtani to join the LA Dodgers.

ESPN Analysts persuade Rui Hachimura to recruit Shohei Ohtani to Dodgers after his new deal with Lakers

Rui Hachimura and Shohei Ohtan (via Pinterest)

Japanese basketball player Rui Hachimura recently made an appearance along with other Laker stars on ESPN Los Angeles. He was with Steve Mason and John Ireland to discuss their futures in the NBA. Showtime Lakers legend Mychal Thompson was also part of the call and asked Rui if he had Shohei Ohtani‘s contact details. Thompson wanted to bring the baseball superstar on board with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Why don’t you get on the phone with Ohtani and convince him to sign with the Dodgers next season. Tell him how fun it is to play in LA as opposed to Anaheim,” Mychal Thompson said. He told Rui to call Shohei and ask him to join the LA Dodgers.

Shohei Ohtani, the Angels star, has earned the reputation of being the best player in baseball at present. He has captivated the world with his exceptional skills as a pitcher and designated hitter. During the remarkable 2021 MLB season, Shohei Ohtani made history by becoming the first player ever to be selected as an All-Star in both the pitching and position player categories in the history of Major League Baseball.

With Ohtani in the final year of his contract, he might look for other options, as his team, the Los Angeles Angels, hasn’t made it to the playoffs in his tenure with the team. If Rui is able to persuade Ohtani to join the Dodgers, he will become a Dodgers legend.

Rui Hachimura re-signs with the Los Angeles Lakers

Rui Hachimura
Rui Hachimura (via The Japan Times)

Japanese player Rui Hachimura signed a three-year, $51 million deal to return to the Lakers. During last season’s trade deadline in February, Washington traded the former No. 9 pick to the Lakers. The trade involved Kendrick Nunn and three second-round draft picks.

Rui was a key factor off the bench in the Lakers run to the Western Conference finals. He averaged 12.2 points off the bench in the playoffs with 56/49/88 splits. His most significant contributions came against the Memphis Grizzlies, where he dominated the first two games off the bench, scoring 29 and 20 points in the key moments of the game.

The Lakers General Manager, Rob Pelinka, has made great moves this offseason. He re-signed the core group, including Austin Reaves and Rui Hachimura, who took the team to the Western Conference Finals. Additionally, he bolstered the rotation by adding more role players to increase its depth. The team’s strong acquisitions position them as contenders for the upcoming season.

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