Lakers rogue Talon Horton-Tucker rising to NBA player


Talon Horton-Tucker had never gone fishing before reaching the NBA bubble. But within the first two weeks of the Lakers, Orlando, Fla. During his stay at the rookie, he tried out with teammates JaVale McGee and Alex Caruso.

During their journey they were not very lucky until Horton-Tucker found a bite.

“It was the only fish we caught all day,” said Horton-Tucker. “They were saying a lot, how I didn’t work, but I caught it.”

He smiled while narrating an anecdote, which was all good. It was an example of how the veteran Lakers were getting to know their 19-year-old teammate, who spent most of the pre-pandemic season with his G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.

Now, in the bubble, Horton-Tucker is practicing and living among them. Although he teased her about not working hard to catch her fish, her work ethic on the basketball court caught her attention. Horton-Tucker got his first NBA seed in the bubble. And in Bubbles, he also got his first taste of the playoff game.

“I’ve seen such special things from him,” Lakers wing Danny Green said. “I think he’s going to be a great player in the league one of these days, so I’m seeing him grow. But he came in and gave us a great time. Those minutes were huge. And I hope He will keep it. ”

Horton-Tucker showed the game seven minutes into the Houston Rockets’ 110-100 victory in the second quarter Thursday and scored five points with two styles, two rebounds and no turnovers. He had a plus / minus rating of nine.

It was the second time the rocket was thrown into the mix against him. During the Seeding Games, Horton-Tucker scored his first NBA points against Houston and found himself guarding James Harden – a feat he appreciated.

In a normal season that ends in June, this is about the time Horton-Tucker will be preparing for his second year in the NBA. He has spent parts of July and August preparing for his game, training camp in September, and then rejoined his Lakers teammates at the end of the month.

The NBA was closed from March to July due to COVID-19 this year. Horton-Tucker took that time to change his body, lose fat and add muscle, finding gyms in his hometown of Chicago and Los Angeles, in which to stay active.

“Just a lot of things go easy,” said Horton-Tucker, whom the Lakers knocked out of Iowa State in the second round last year. “For someone who wants to get on with my size, it’s important that I want to keep [my weight] bottom. ”

It went unnoticed. Coach Frank Vogel sang Horton-Tucker as someone who had a good camp to reenact the Lairs. Horton-Tucker started making a case for earning rotation minutes, although the Lakers are hard to come by.

Horton-Tucker has enjoyed being young in the veteran Laden team. In addition to the fun he had with her in his down time, he appreciates hearing from them during practice and when they have a notable moment, whether good or bad.

On Thursday night, as he entered the playoff game for the first time, Horton-Tucker received a strange nod from LeBron James, who told him not to worry about mistakes. He told Horton-Tucker that he and the rest of his teammates would pat their backs on the court and try to cover up any mistakes they made and try to play to the best of their ability.

“As a 19-year-old, what better word can you get from Lebron?” Horton-Tucker said. “So I just went there and I tried and did the best I could to help get through it.”

Ganguly reported from Los Angeles.