Josh Hart says Lakers’ young core is ‘wise beyond [its] years’
Fresh off his Las Vegas Summer League MVP performance, Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart is very excited about this upcoming season alongside LeBron James and his Lakers teammates. Hart is one of many within the franchise that has the utmost confidence in his squad’s capabilities, and even though they may be young in age, Hart feels the Lakers’ young core are “wise beyond their years” and ready to win right now via Spectrum Sportsnet LA.
“You have someone like that who has been to eight straight NBA Finals and you mix him in with guys who want to win, guys who are hungry and guys that want to prove themselves, I think that’s the biggest thing,” Hart said.
“Our young guys, we’re wise beyond our years in the sense of we don’t care who gets the credit, and we want to win. You can’t win when every other guy has their own agenda, but when everyone is bought in and everyone is playing together and playing basketball the right way, that’s where brotherhood forms and that’s where winning starts. Hopefully we’ll have a lot of that this year.”
Hart is one of the young guns that have Lakers fan buzzing with excitement for the upcoming campaign. He made his name last season as a genuine “3 & D” threat on the wings, and he has confirmed the Lakers’ belief and trust in him by performing incredibly well during the purple and gold’s Summer League tournament.
It’s hard to argue with his claims, as injecting someone of James’ caliber into a youthfully talented team can only mean improvement. James by himself is already worth wins throughout a season, but adding him next to developing players Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Hart will only fast-track their progression.
The Lakers’ young studs were impressive last campaign but lacked the true leadership and late game execution on both ends they desperately craved. In the end, that proved the difference between them making the playoffs and missing out.
With James’ arrival as well as savvy veterans Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and Michael Beasley all signing this off-season, the blend of experience and fresh young talent seems brilliantly balanced right now.
Many people around the association expect the Lakers to realistically challenge for an NBA title in 2019, but James and the young Lakers are not happy waiting for that, they want to win right now