LeBron James after Malik Monk’s 24 points on the Sacramento Kings told the media that he “wanted him last year“. Malik Monk whose career didn’t start that well as it should have been, had his first few seasons with the Charlotte Hornets that went as something that wasn’t expected. He was a suspect of drug invasion for the Hornets that cost him low paying deal with the La Lakers for kick starting his career back.
Malik has been a great use to the LA Lakers and proved himself following his consistent contribution to the team this season. He became the second-best scorer for the Lakers on Tuesday night against the Sacramento Kings that the team to win their 20th game of the season. The Sacramento Kings lost to the Lakers with 122-114 on the final board. Following the game, the Lakers are now at the third position of the Pacific Division while standing seventh in the Western Conference roster.
The game didn’t just slip into the hands of the Lakers, the team actually performed well on the court that led them to have the taste of the victory. LeBron James recorded 31 points, Russell Westbrook recorded 19 points in his 34 minutes of playing in the game. Malik Monk gave the final boost to the Lakers at the last seven minutes of the game by scoring 11 points of his total 24 taking his team to the victory.
LeBron James wanted Malik Monk last season, to be on the Lakers lineup by snatching him off from the Hornets roster
After the game ended and the Lakers had their win over the Kings with 8 points lead. Lebron James said in the post-game interview that he actually wanted Malik Monk last year in the Lakers roster. Explaining further he said, “It’s funny, just a little quick backstory, me and J [Jason] Kidd, we talked a lot last year. We wanted him last year.”
“When Charlotte stopped playing him last year, or they would play him, and then sit him for five or six games, and then they would play him, and then you would see him have a game at Miami where he had like eight or nine threes in Miami, and then they would sit him and not play him. Me and J Kidd, we would talk all the time, like, ‘Is there a way we can snatch this guy from their roster?'”
The Lakers had their win over the Kings because they committed only five turnovers that actually allowed them to take 16 more shots the Sacramento itself. And agreeing to the same LeBron said, “That’s the reason we won the game.”
“We did not turn the ball over tonight. When we get shots at the goal, we can be very dangerous. We weren’t shooting the ball well at all, (but) because we didn’t turn the ball over, we caught on fire.”
It would be interesting to see how Malik performs further for the Lakers and what better can he actually bring to the table.