Malik Monk
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The undisputed wild card pick up of the Los Angeles Lakers in the last offseason, Malik Monk, is truly a wonderful young guard who has a savvy offensive approach and lethal intangibles — a perfect fit for the purple and gold fast-paced system. 

And when he poured off a much-needed 22 markers, 4 boards and 6 assists in the game in which they saw the first time they’ll experience another absence from sidelined LeBron James, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel had nothing but acknowledgement. 

Speaking postgame, Vogel praised the former Wildcat for a job well done — having a productive night to help the Lakeshow in clinching the vengeance against the Sacramento Kings, 117-92.

“I just love Malik’s game,” Vogel said. “There’s a reason why we brought him here. We’re really high on him.”

Meanwhile, the high spirited Monk is optimistic with the Lakers, encouraging a “Next man up” mentality as their future hall of famer leader is out for at least 10 days due to the league’s health and safety protocols. 

The Lakers will go home to set the bright lights of Los Angeles for a crosstown showdown against the Clippers on Friday.