Emmanuel Mudiay has Lakers brass taking a quiet pause about their decision to bypass him in the NBA draft, after notching his first double-double in the NBA.
Mudiay was already motivated by the Lakers passing up on him.
“They passed up on me; that’s definitely a motivation,” Mudiay told Los Angeles News Group after morning shootaround at West Chester High School. “They took another point guard ahead of me. I’m a point guard. So I guess they saw something in [Russell] that they didn’t see in me.”
He really got fired up after hearing Lakers head coach Byron Scott question his point guard aptitude.
“I didn’t think he was a true point guard,” Scott said of Mudiay. “I didn’t think he was a guy who made great decisions when we saw him and had him here. I thought that was something he would have to learn to do to run that position.”
Mudiay got the last laugh, out playing D’Angelo Russell on his way to scoring 12 points and dropping 10 dimes. Afterwards, Mudiay thanked Scott in the perfect troll move.
Emmanuel Mudiay, after collecting 10 assists tonight: "Thank you Byron Scott for saying I'm not a point guard." #Nuggets
— Chris Dempsey (@chrisadempsey) November 4, 2015