For most NBA Draft prospects, their first visit to the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facility probably feels like a once in a lifetime experience. For Sterling Brown, whose older brother Shannon Brown was part of the Los Angeles Lakers teams who won NBA titles in 2009 and 2010, it was a chance to try and impress some familiar faces.
“It was definitely exciting. I feel like I had hopes but I played well and I met them,” Brown told reporters after his workout.
Brown mentioned that he had met Lakers head coach Luke Walton and Lamar Odom (who was there as Walton’s guest for the second day in a row as he tries to get a spot on the coaching staff) when his brother was with the team, and that Shannon had some advice to impress his former teammates.
“He just told me to go in there and have fun, work hard like I always do,” Brown said.
Brown said his hard work has resulted in positive feedback from teams so far during the draft process, and that there have been two main things he tries to demonstrate.
“I can score the ball and definitely defend. That’s what I pretty much tried to show,” Brown said.
Shooting is something Brown can definitely do, knocking down 44.9 percent of his threes in his final NCAA season with SMU while flashing defensive chops as well.
As the 57th ranked prospect in Draft Express’ list of the top-100 players in the 2017 NBA Draft, Brown is hoping he can join the team he watched his older brother have the best days of his career with.
“I always watched the games, came to many of them. I was at both championships,” Brown said. “It was definitely fun.”
All quotes transcribed via Lakers.com. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.