Marcelo Huertas impresses Lakers in his NBA debut

SAN DIEGO — It took eleven years for Marcelo Huertas to excel on the hardwood in Spain before it became good enough for an NBA team to offer him a contract. It took two weeks before Huertas healed enough from a strained right hamstring before he could show the Lakers’ brass what he could do against an NBA opponent. And it took only one NBA game for Huertas to leave a positive impression.

In the Lakers’ 85-70 victory against Golden State on Saturday that ended with 2:16 left in the third quarter, Huertas posted four points and six assists in 12 minutes off the bench. As a 32-year-old Brazilian point guard, Huertas made up for lost time by accelerating his familiarity with teammates and improving his chances with staying on the roster on a non-guaranteed contract.

“It’s important to know how each of them play so I can find them on the court,” Huertas said. “I’m a guy that is pretty unselfish. I like to share the ball and make other people happy. If I get them happy, they’re probably happy back at me.”
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