3 things we learned about Reaves’ game ahead of Lakers training camp

Austin Reaves, Team USA (Photo by Ariana Saigh/Getty Images)
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The 2023 calendar was underway, with the Lakers finally seeming to turn a new leaf following a disastrous first half of the season. There was plenty of noise about shifts or transactions that should be made internally. LeBron James, in relation to the outside mesmerization, used that unbelievable photogenic memory of his. He widened his eyes, adjusted his beanie, and pin-pointed Austin Reaves’ incredible come-up tale.

"“He’s a staple of everything that we do. So, the games are piling up and the best way to handle that is try to get as much sleep as you can, and then recover, and getting, you know, treating your body, and understanding how much of a temple it is and, you know, it’s a lot. I mean, it’s a lot, for anybody. Especially coming out of college. He’s handled it like a true professional, and he’s only gonna continue to get better and better. Not only physically, but also, more importantly, mentally.” James’ postgame breakdown in January"

Reaves then proceeded through his first campaign, only evolving. Los Angeles took their historic turnaround all the way to the Western Conference Finals, where the 24-year-old stood out from the troops guided by James and Anthony Davis. He put up 16.9 points, 4.6 assists, and 4.4 rebounds, shooting over 44 percent from behind the arc in the postseason.

Some wondered if he was ready, questioning how suitable and impactful he could be for the team. Reaves only amplified his work through development for the world during the FIBA World Cup last month.

What better stage to do it on than for Team USA through international play?