When ejections are made by referees due to scuffles, it often hurts a team because they have to play shorthanded for the remainder of the game. However, for Larry Nance, Jr., he considers what happened last Friday as a blessing in disguise for the Los Angeles Lakers.
That a tussle occurred during their game against the Milwaukee Bucks when Nick Young, D’Angelo Russell and Greg Monroe all got thrown out because of their involvement in it. Instead of looking at it as something negative, Nance admitted via Mark Medina of The Orange County Register that it even helped him and his teammates become more competitive.
“It made us more competitive. We wanted to take it to those guys. That’s how we have to start games, we want energy like that, so we try and do it in practice and bring it to the games.”
Head coach Luke Walton echoed the 6-foot-9 forward’s statement and also added that he has always wanted to see his players having each other’s backs.
“I love it. That’s what they’re supposed to do. They’re supposed to have each other’s back. Again, I don’t want any dirty play. I don’t want anyone trying to get hurt. But it’s competitive out there. There’s going to be times that people’s tempers get escalated and what not. When that does happen, we should have each other’s backs. We should be a tight family with all that we go through together. So I was very proud of the group that was out there, not for fighting, but for sticking up for each other.”
Fortunately for the Lakers, no further sanctions were given to their two players and they will see action on Sunday when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although it remains to be seen how they will respond after the previous game they played, it’s still a good sign for their fans that there was something positive that came out from the shoving match last Friday.