Nobody understands the glitz and star power that automatically comes with being a member of the Los Angeles Lakers like Alex Caruso.
Caruso, during his LA stint, went from being a mostly unheralded college role player to a respected teammate and absolute stud.
In the process, this past offseason he secured himself a four-year, $36 million contract from the Chicago Bulls.
Caruso grasps the nuances of being a Laker better than most.
In a recent conversation with Bryan Kalbrosky of HoopsHype, Caruso acknowledged that both the media and social media in general definitely have a bias towards the Lakers.
Caruso came face to face with it recently when he saw highlights of new Lakers guard Austin Reaves, who replaced him in team lore for obvious reasons.
“I’ve seen a little bit,” he said of Reaves. “It’s apparent now. I didn’t realize this when I was on the Lakers. But social media shows all of the Lakers highlights. I didn’t think that was true until I got another team.
“But he appears to be one of those good glue guys that winning teams need. I think he’s a lot farther along than I was during my first year in the league. I think we have the same mindset of getting better and working hard. Hopefully, he can stick around.”
Obviously Caruso’s run with the Lakers didn’t end perfectly. There was a lot of finger-pointing and blame regarding who was responsible for what.
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That said, in the aggregate, it’s hard to view Caruso’s time in LA as anything other a complete success for all parties involved.
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