Lakers News: Moritz Wagner Embracing Challenge Of Adjusting To NBA Style Of Play, Excited For Summer League
Moritz Wagner, Moe Wagner, Lakers
Andrew Martinez-LakersNation.com

The Los Angeles Lakers made Moritz Wagner their latest first-round selection as he was chosen 25th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. The big man from Michigan is an intriguing prospect with his size, energy, and ability to stretch the floor.

GET YOUR ‘LABRON’ SHIRT NOW!

With Summer League beginning, Wagner will be one of the most-watched players on the roster. And with that, Wagner and the Lakers held their first practice sessions in preparation for taking the court in the California Classic Summer League on Monday.

“I think it’s a lot more physical in the paint,” Wagner noted the difference between college and the NBA. “And you have the spacing, it’s wider, so it’s a lot harder to play defense. It’s a lot to adjust to.”

Defense, particularly when switching out on the perimeter, is one of the questions that many had regarding Wagner coming into the draft. It will undoubtedly be something that will be watched closely this summer.

Nonetheless, Wagner is looking forward to the Summer League slate and is confident in what he brings to the Lakers. “I’m not going to change just because it’s the NBA. I’m the same player, I’m a confident guy,” he said. “Just going to be myself. I’ll be smiling the whole time.

“The Lakers in general are very, very fast paced. Take good but quick shots. I’m excited. It’s fun to play with these guys and I’m just excited to be out there competing.”

Following three games in Sacramento, the Lakers will then participate in the Las Vegas Summer League which tips off Friday, July 6. The Lakers, who are the defending champions, play their first game the following night.

Wagner is looking forward to the challenge of repeating. “Oh yeah. Magic said it at the press conference. It’s a very competitive franchise here and we take Summer League very, very serious,” the rookie said.

Medium Large is looking to add motivated individuals with big dreams and a big appetite for success to our LakersNation.com direct sales team based in Los Angeles or Orange County. If you love sports, know digital sales, and can throw your weight behind an aggressive commission based opportunity than we would love to talk to you. Please apply at: http://mediumlarge.la/?jobs=1576. If you meet our criteria we will be in touch!

You May Also Like

Shaquille O’Neal Says LeBron James Is A ‘Mixture’ Of Himself, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, And Kobe Bryant

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James recently made history, defeating the Boston Celtics in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals to go to the NBA Finals for the NBA record seventh straight season…

Lakers News: Head Coach Luke Walton Labels D’Angelo Russell As ‘Leader’

The point guard is often referred to as the coach’s extension on the court…

Rick Carlisle: Kobe Bryant-Dirk Nowitzki’s Last Game ‘Historic Moment’ For NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night at the Staples Center with Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki going head-to-head for the last time…

Lakers News And Rumors Recap: Mitch Kupchak Talks At NBA Draft Combine

Please enable Javascript to watch this video Earlier today, the NBA held…