If The Shoe Fits

There’s no better person in the league to represent what the Los Angeles Lakers organization is all about. The shoe just fits so naturally.

I’m going to bring some showtime to the NBA 2K League this season. I was made for it.

Wearing my trademark glasses, I’m made for the bright lights. I enjoy the pressure and the noise that comes with being in the spotlight.

It makes me a better player. I can handle it all better than the majority of players in the league, so I’m really excited about it.

When you look at it that way, if you took everything else away and just put all the teams on a map and asked me which location, which team would fit best… I would pick Lakers Gaming.

I’ve heard so many great things about living in Los Angeles. When I was living in Sacramento last season, a couple of my teammates kept joking about making the six-hour drive down there but we were never able to make it happen.

I’ve always seen movies and pictures online of LA – I’m really excited about it, I can’t lie. Plus, the Lakers are known as an all-time dynasty and a winning organization, so it doesn’t get much better than the situation I’ve found myself in.

I say found myself in because, and I can’t sugarcoat it, not being retained after season one was a huge disappointment.

It was unfortunate how everything played out with Kings Guard Gaming. Even my own teammates were like ‘Wow, I thought they were going to retain you.’ It was just as much a shock to me as the majority of people.

I’m still friends with all the guys at Kings Guard to this day, we still talk and we’re all really close. I never had any issues with the staff or management, so when I got that phone call – it was like 11:30 at night – I was just expecting the Kings to just tell me that they were retaining me and I would be able to focus on improving for the next season.

But when they gave me the news, man, I was pretty stunned, honestly. I felt I had proved myself, despite taking a backseat for most of the season before putting up big numbers down the stretch as we started winning. I can’t lie, it was a big surprise.

All it’s done is add fuel to my fire and made me more motivated for next season.

I’m obviously a little bitter about it because I thought Sacramento was going to be home. It is what it is. I have nothing bad to say about them, but let’s just say I can’t wait to play against them.

Certain things just happen for a reason. Sometimes things just don’t work out and other times the shoe just fits. I’ve never been more motivated or driven to prove myself in my entire life.

My work ethic has definitely grown since last season. You see a lot of these players in the league and they look too comfortable right now; they’re not actively playing on this year’s version of NBA 2K and they seem to be taking it easy.

Not me. I’m on playing every single night experimenting with a bunch of builds, working to improve on my versatility. Everyone tells me that I’ll probably get my chance at center this season – like I should have last season – but I just want to win. I’m going to be able to play 1-5 this season.

With the Lakers, we’re ready to go now. We have a great core three players in myself, KontruL and Vert on our team.

Those two guys played the best role for their teams last season, they were the best overall players for their respective squads. I’ve known them both for a while, so with the personnel we have in place right now, I can display my leadership qualities and really get people to buy into the system.

I’m grateful to be teaming up with them. Sometimes it doesn’t work out with egos, some personalities clash, but with these two guys, I can already tell we align really well. It’s a great feeling to know the potential that exists within this group.

I feel like there’s going to be a huge target on our backs this season. We’re the Lakers. It comes with the territory.

In a way, I really hope people are still sleeping on me. I know I’m a top-10 player in the world. I’m putting in the work behind the scenes. I don’t feel the need to put it out there on Twitter and social media, the results will speak for themselves.

I’m just letting the naysayers talk now. People are going to talk regardless, it’s about how you react to it. This is a fresh start for me and now, I get to really show what I can do.

Don’t be fooled by the sunglasses and whatnot, I’m still the same guy I’ve always been – a low-ego player whose willing to sacrifice for the betterment of the team.

I was the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft and I literally took a backseat for the entire first half of the season. But not this time.

I’m blessed to get this opportunity with Lakers Gaming. I’m going to settle down in LA and call it home. This is where I fit.

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