“Call Malik Monk the air fryer, not the microwave”: NBA Twitter reacts to Dwight Howard revealing the Lakers guard’s new nickname

Advait Jajodia
|Published October 03, 2021

Dwight Howard reveals the nickname the Los Angeles Lakers have given to their combo-guard Malik Monk – “The Microwave”.

After a failure of a season this last campaign, a roster change for the Los Angeles Lakers was inevitable. Over the course of the summer, the front office was extremely busy surrounding LeBron James and Anthony Davis with a whole new crew of support.

Apart from acquiring Russell Westbrook in a blockbuster sign-and-trade deal, LAL also managed to add players like Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, Malik Monk, Dwight Howard, Deandre Jordan, Wayne Ellington, Kent Bazemore and Rajon Rondo on the roster.

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With the squad filled with well-respected veterans, future Hall-Of-Famers, All-Stars, and some great role players, LeBron and co. have already started bonding with each other. This past week, King James organized a mini-camp for the team in Vegas. And it is safe to say that the team is gelling with each other.

NBA Twitter reacts to the new nickname the Los Angeles Lakers gave to Malik Monk

Apart from giving rookies to run errands, watching NFL and MLB together, the team has also been giving each other nicknames. Malik Monk, the 6-foot-3 guard acquired from Charlotte Hornets, has been given one of the better nicknames. In an interview, Howard revealed Mon’s nickname:

“We call him ‘The Microwave,’ because once he hits one shot, it’s over with. He’s already heating up. So we’re going to make sure we keep his confidence flowing and continues to get better. I love what he brings to the game for this team and I’m happy he’s here.”

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As soon as Malik’s new nickname was revealed, NBA Twitter went crazy.

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It’s great to see the Lakers bond with each other ahead of the new campaign. Entering the 2021-2022 season, LAL is definitely a legit title contender and have to perform well with the added pressure of “being the team to beat”.

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Advait Jajodia

Advait Jajodia

A 20-year-old with a BBA degree specializing in marketing, Advait Jajodia is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush and a passionate basketball enthusiast. Advait has been immersed in the world of basketball since picking up a basketball at the age of 9. Excelling as a two-time national-level player, specifically as a point guard during the Golden State Warriors' dominant era, he draws inspiration from the electrifying style of Stephen Curry. Beyond the NBA, Advait finds joy in playing various sports, exploring intriguing conspiracy theories, and boosting his 2K rating to 99. He also holds admiration for athletes like Rafael Nadal, Virat Kohli, and Phil Foden, recognizing their exceptional skills.

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