n this file photo, the Lakers’ Kendall Marshall makes an errant pass behind his head as Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried defends him under the basket at the Staple Center in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze file)
Plenty of concerns swirl around Kendall Marshall surrounding his development and his Lakers’ future. But with the Lakers holding a team option on him and likely to keep him at least through training camp, Marshall can view the Lakers’ offseason with some detachment. Unlike most of his Lakers teammates, most of the proceedings will significantly affect his standing with the Lakers.
“It’s entertaining. It’s comedy to me to be honest with you,” Marshall said. “You see all the stuff that teams go through for players.”
That included the Lakers having a meeting last Thursday with New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. Shortly before the 2 1/2 hour meeting began, Marshall facetiously tweeted that the Lakers refused to let him in the pitch meeting that included executives Jim and Jeanie Buss, general manager Mitch Kupchak, former Lakers forward James Forward and executives with Time Warner Cable SportsNet and AEG.
“I knocked on the door and they said, ‘Go away,’” Marshall said. “I don’t know what’s going on out there.”
SoCal native Nick Young is expected to opt out of his contract with the Lakers but would very much like to return to the team with better deal. Rick Bowmer — The Associated Press
In a season in which the Lakers ended with their first record in L.A. franchise history, well they can at least hang their hats onto this.
Nick Young and Kendall Marshall ranked among the NBA players that won social media awards, a slight consolation to the reality that no Lakers picked up any individual awards pertaining to their on-court play.
Young, who will opt out of his $1.2 million player option before Wednesday’s deadline, won the so-called “LOL award” for his tweet surrounding who should coach the Lakers following Mike D’Antoni’s resignation.
Too bad NBA rules do not allow that. But that didn’t stop 8,068 fans from retweeting Young’s proclamation and 6,207 users from favoriting the tweet. Marshall also showed he is well versed in social media, posting a photo on his Instagram account of his 11-year-old self in 2003 with future teammate Pau Gasol.
The other award winners can be found here.
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Kendall Marshall has done a good job at point guard since the Lakers signed him out of the D-League in December. He’s averaging 10.5 points and 9.3 assists in 17 games – 13 as the starter.
But with the news Monday that three other point guards – Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar – are close to returning from their respective injuries, one has to wonder what will happen to Marshall when they do.
Marshall on Monday insisted he is not thinking about it.
“Not at all, not at all,” he said after practice. “The only thing I’m focused on is the next game and trying to win that game. There are way too many variables in this league to try to
predict the future, so I just try to take it one day at a time.”
Marshall, out of North Carolina, is shooting 44.4 percent from the field overall, 47.9 percent (34 of 71) from 3-point range.
Marshall and the rest of the Lakers tonight play host to the Indiana Pacers, who at 34-9 have the league’s best record.