Alex Caruso signed a four-year, $37 million contract with the Chicago Bulls in free agency a few weeks back. Between that big deal and his viral sensation, Instagram model new girlfriend – it has been a strong August for the former Texas A&M standout.
In opting to switch teams, Caruso ended an extremely memorable run with the Los Angeles Lakers that saw him win one title and become a massive fan favorite.
Beyond that, Caruso’s departure means that his partnership with LeBron James has come to an end.
Many don’t realize this, but Caruso and James had incredible chemistry on the court together. At one point their +20.8 net rating was the best of any two-man combo in the league.
So how does Caruso ultimately feel about leaving the Lakers and James?
According to Rob Schaefer of NBCS Chicago, “Caruso said he’ll never take experience of playing with LeBron James for granted. And that he’ll miss throwing him lobs.”
The 27-year-old also noted that he hopes to establish a similar rapport with his new star teammate.
“Hopefully me and Zach (LaVine) get on the same page,” Caruso said.
One thing that will make the transition smoother is how selfless of a player Caruso is. He recently touched on that in a conversation with Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic.
“It’s just kind of the player I am, sacrificing for the team,” Caruso said. “There’s guys that get a bunch of shots up. If I wanted to average double figures, I could. I could take a handful of shots a game, and percentages would probably drop a little — probably wouldn’t win as many games. But for me, it’s always just been about winning.
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“That’s just been my mentality, and it’s always worked for me, so I just stuck with it. Pouring into other people and pouring into the team usually reaps rewards for the teams and yourself individually.”
Caruso is widely regarded as the best teammate in the league, as evidenced by his special parting gift for Marc Gasol before leaving the Lakers. So if anyone can smoothly transition to a new situation, it’s definitely going to be him.