Lakers’ Luol Deng understands being placed on inactive list

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> The move marked the latest sign on how Lakers coach Luke Walton has accelerated his shift toward developing his young players. It also marked the latest sign of the Lakers’ stock plummeting on reserve forward Luol Deng, whose four-year, $72 million deal has yielded only a 7.6 points per game average on a career-low 38.6 percent shooting in his 13th NBA season.Walton put Deng on the inactive list during the Lakers’ 115-95 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday at Staples Center for a simple reason. As Walton put it, “We’re trying to get looks at all the young guys that we can.”“I totally understand what we’re doing,” Deng told Southern California News Group. “He wants the guys to be in situations where they learn and play minutes. It’s always about what we’re trying to do. Why am I going to be on the bench if I’m not playing?”Deng originally lost his starting spot on Feb. 6 against New York in favor of rookie forward Brandon Ingram. After averaging 4.1 points on 27.8 percent shooting in 21.3 minutes in seven games off the bench, Deng sat out Tuesday’s game against Charlotte because of a coach’s decision. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWalton cited the need to play Ingram, third-year guard Jordan Clarkson, newly acquired guard Tyler Ennis (from Houston) and newly acquired guard/forward David Nwaba (signed to 10-day contract). It is not clear what Deng’s status will be when the Lakers (19-43) host the New Orleans Pelicans (24-38) on Sunday at Staples Center, or if either Walton or Deng would be open toward him playing on even more reduced minutes. “He wants to play the young guys, so I’m not going to play,” Deng said. “So there’s no point of being on the active roster and sit on the bench. He’s got to keep all the guys he’s going to play and evaluate.” Different viewpointsThe words sounded puzzling, both for the substance and in how Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell delivered them. Of all the factors that led to the Lakers’ double-digit loss on Friday to the Boston Celtics, Russell refused to chalk it up to the team’s youth. Instead, he cited something indicting for any professional sports team. “I feel like we stopped playing,” Russell said, “stopped competing.”center_img Walton and his players have occasionally lamented the team’s effort this season. But not against the Lakers’ heated rival. “I don’t agree with that,” Walton said of Russell’s assessment. “I thought our team did show up to play. I think Boston is a very good team and was executing and making their shots. When we hit adversity, that’s when we crumbled.”Walton pulled his starters three minutes into the second half after becoming frustrated with the team’s stagnant offense. Later, the Lakers’ reserves helped chip away a 31-point deficit down to 15 entering the fourth quarter. While the Lakers have occasionally lamented their effort this season, they frequently admit they have struggled with handling adversity. “When people go on runs, we can’t put our head down and start losing our minds and try to do it on our own,” said Clarkson, who scored all of his 20 points in the second half. “We have to come together and push through that. This league and these games, it’ll go up and down. You have to fight through those runs. That’s how you build yourself up.” last_img read more

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Sanchez wants to bring ‘joy’ to United fans

first_imgHe has managed just five goals in 41 appearances for the club, with only two in 23 in this current injury-troubled season.But with the team’s fortunes transformed since caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, Sanchez is looking towards a better future.“I want to keep showing my love for football. I know what I can do. I have belief in my ability,” he told Inside United magazine.“United are such an important club, not only in England but on a global level, and I would love to help bring a trophy to the supporters.”“Obviously, I want to make the United fans really happy,” the 30-year-old added. “I want to score goals. I want to bring them joy. I want to win silverware.“When we lost last year’s FA Cup final to Chelsea, I was not happy. Not happy at all. In fact, I was sad because I just wanted to make our wonderful supporters happy. I saw the fans who had come to pack out Wembley Stadium. They were all around me — all red. I liked it. Wembley was all red.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has struggled since moving to Old Trafford © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 19 – Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez is determined to succeed at the club and says he still believes in himself despite a disappointing first year at Old Trafford.The Chile international, who is likely to be sidelined for another month with a knee injury, has endured a frustrating time since his move from Arsenal in January 2018.last_img read more

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