Lakers guard Malik Monk has revealed an aspect of Los Angeles’ troubling chemistry that includes how veterans treat rookies on the team.
The Lakers have looked away from the championship for this season, partly because of injury and partly because the team chemistry looks completely unbalanced.
Malik Monk may have accidentally highlighted the point later in a profile written by Dave McMenamin for ESPN this week.
The record includes Monk’s four disappointing seasons with the Hornets and his revival with the Lakers. One section focuses on the guard’s relationship with rookie Astin Reaves, with whom he has built a strong relationship.
Malik Monk Reveals How Lakers Veterans Treat Rookies
Monk and Reaves talk daily on a variety of topics.
“S—, everything,” Monk said. “Ups and downs. Rookie wall. The elders scolded the rookies because it was their fault. All they do, it’s your fault out there because they know everything and you don’t and when you mess up, you just have to take it. You have to deal with things like that. “
That gets people’s attention.
Looks like Monk is criticizing veterans in particular. However, it does show that the culture around the team isn’t particularly supportive if that’s how teammates are interacting with each other.
There will be screams on the basketball court for sure. Teams with better chemistry were able to turn those moments into teaching-supportive moments rather than contentious-sounding ones.
The Lakers are 31-41 and sit in ninth place in the Western Conference. They won’t be long before they’ll be eliminated from the knockout stages altogether. And if they don’t deal with their chemistry problems quickly, any postseason they experience this year looks set to be pretty short.
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