The Los Angeles Lakers shocked nearly everyone when they called up David Nwaba from the Los Angeles D-Fenders on a 10-day contract, even Nwaba himself.
Nwaba told the media during his season-ending exit interview that his original plan was to make the Lakers’ Las Vegas Summer League roster, and that he still plans to head out to the desert as a member of the Lakers.
“I’m ahead of schedule,” Nwaba said. “I’m excited about the off-season and ready to put in the hard work.”
He said his meeting with Lakers President Magic Johnson, general manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton “went well,” and that :they said good things about what I bring to the team, as well what I need to work on.”
Nwaba said the front office told him that they liked his defense, and want him to work on his jump shot a lot this summer, something he’s happy to do in order to stay with his hometown team, even if he doesn’t think his story is anything particularly out of the ordinary.
“You guys make it seem like it is, but I haven’t heard anything about a movie,” Nwaba chuckled, later adding that his parents “are enjoying every second of it” even if they “don’t really watch sports.”
But while he may not think his story is “that special,” Nwaba still wants his Lakers tale to continue.
“I just want to do whatever it takes to stay here and remain a Laker,” Nwaba said.
All stats per NBA.com. and Basketball-Reference.com. All quotes transcribed via Periscope. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here, or listen to our thoughts on the season below), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.