The Los Angeles Lakers brought 10 new players to the team this offseason, among them was a familiar face Wayne Ellington, who played 65 games for his new team during the 2014-2015 season.
The 33-year-old shooting guard, like most of the new additions, is an experienced player. He understands that there are too many veterans on the team to keep everyone happy with their playing time and that sacrifices will have to be made in order for the team to win.
“I think we have one of the older rosters, so I think guys are able to be mature about that,” Ellington said on Noble & Roosh Show, per Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen and Roll. “We understand that everybody’s not going to be able to play 30 minutes a game, so there’s going to be sacrifice. There’s going to be sacrifices that need to be made, and I think that’s part of the understanding.
‘Next Man Up mentality’ was the phrase that was said many times last season by the Lakers players and staff alike. Ellington expects this to be the case during the 2021-2022 season as well.
“But also, understanding that with the older roster, guys aren’t going to be able to play,” he said. “Guys aren’t going to play every single game. I think you’re going to see sometimes guys get rested and that’s where the ‘Next Man Up’ mentality comes into play.”