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Podcast: Why Josh Hart is one of the league’s most solid young role players

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The Lakers are expecting quite a bit from Josh Hart. Is he ready to live up to the potential he showed last year?

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There are very few young players across the entire NBA that I’m as confident will pan out as I am with Los Angles Lakers guard Josh Hart.

Hart already does so many valuable things well, and has the type of mindset you need in solid role players that it’s hard to see him failing. Still, with that kind of praise comes some crazy expectations.

So, to discuss whether expectations are too high and if Hart is capable of living up to them regardless, I welcomed Pete back onto Locked on Lakers as part of our player preview series.

Here’s a brief refresher on the format of the series before we get into the specifics with Hart:

In segment one, we discuss the season(s) the player had to get them to where they are now. That kind of context is critical in properly setting expectations moving forward.

Segment two covers what we’d like to see from the player individually.

Then, in the the third segment, we figure out how those individual expectations fit into the team construct.

Unfortunately because of the nature of most conversations having to do with sports, the analysis about fit with Hart on this Lakers roster has become ridiculously binary in regards to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, turning it into an either/or discussion about both players’ standing on the roster and in the rotation.

Let me impart some general wisdom about not only basketball but just life in general: It’s a good thing to have multiple talented people competing for roles on teams. Cool? Cool.

Hart’s going to be good, and he’s going to make whatever team he’s on better. The Lakers found a real good one here.

As always, this is just a tidbit of the full context given in the show. Listen to the full discussion below and please check out old episodes or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing on iTunes.