Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance, Jr. has been giving his team a lot of hope for their future and is one of their bright spots this season. His averages of 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game may seem pedestrian for many but what cannot be measured by numbers is his impact off the bench and playing hard night in and night out.
Head coach Luke Walton has nothing but good words for his second year player and even said that he has even been highly critical of himself especially following losses via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
“Larry’s very critical of himself, to a fault. He’s one of our best players, he’s out there always trying to make the right plays and the right reads. Sometimes he’s too hard on himself. You want guys to be hard on themselves because that motivates you to get better and to work harder. I like taking accountability, but it’s not his fault at all.”
Following their game against the Sacramento Kings last Tuesday, the 24-year-old Wyoming product took to Twitter and put the blame on him and apologized to the team’s fans for the defeat.
This ones on me.. gotta be better defensively down the stretch. Learn from it and keep moving forward #LakeShow
— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) February 15, 2017
Although Nance is already showing signs of maturity beyond his years, Walton feels it may not be good for him if he will be overly critical of himself. He just wants him to remain a student of the game and continue to improve his game as the coaching staff sees him as a big piece to their future plans.