“Older Laker guys are yelling at us because it’s our fault”: Malik Monk and Austin Reaves admit to bonding over getting lectured by LeBron James and company for mishaps

Samir Mehdi
|Published March 21, 2022

Malik Monk says him and Austin Reaves have bonded over everything from being from Arkansas to getting yelled at by older Lakers guys. 

The Los Angeles Lakers have had anything but a season that they wish to remember once 2021-22 is done and dusted. Austin Reaves has become quite the revelation for the Lakers as the rookie has been doing every bit of the little things you would expect from good role players. Malik Monk has essentially become their go-to floor spacer as well. 

Monk has made Los Angeles is home ever since his falling out with James Borrego and the Charlotte Hornets, making good use of the time he’s spent with the purple and gold. Other than LeBron James having a historical season of magnanimous proportions, Malik Monk and Austin Reaves have been the only two bright spots for the Lakers.

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It’s also quite coincidental that the two are from Arkansas. When asked about their bond, Monk said, “Two motherf**kers from Arkansas man.”  

Reaves also admitted to having chemistry with Monk saying, “I feel like we have chemistry, even from the start, it’s been just a kind of connection that you can’t really explain.” 

Malik Monk and Austin Reaves bond over getting yelled at. 

Being the youngins on any NBA team means you’ll most probably be on the receiving end of a couple lectures from the older guys, especially when your team is losing. This is what’s been the case with the Lakers who have been losing much more than they anticipated and so yelling at Malik Monk and Austin Reaves seems like the only viable option.

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“Sh*t everything,” said Monk when asked about what’s he’s bonded with Austin about. “Ups and downs. Rookie wall, older guys yelling at rookies because it’s their fault. Everything they do, it’s your fault out there because they know everything and you don’t and when you mess up, you just got to take it.” 

“You got to deal with things like that. I talk to Austin almost every day.” 

The chemistry that the two have been talking about certainly translates to the stat-sheet as well as the two have a net-rating of +7.1 in two-man lineups on the Lakers. 

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Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi is a senior strategist for the NBA division at The Sportsrush. Ever since he was 13 years old, he’s been obsessed with the game of basketball. From watching Kobe Bryant’s highlights on YouTube to now, analyzing and breaking down every single game on League Pass, Samir’s passion for the game is unwavering. He's a complete basketball junkie who not only breaks down current games but also keenly watches ones from the 60s’ and 70s’ while also reading comprehensive books on the history of the league. Samir’s life revolves around basketball and he hopes that shows in his work. Aside from work, he loves to spend time in the gym and with his friends at social gatherings.

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