Luke Walton doesn’t want Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr. to rely on 3-point shots

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut how much does Walton expect Randle and Nance to use that as a weapon without diluting their skills as bruising playmakers?“Shooting 3s are fun. But for both of them, they do other things so well. The ultimate end game for them can’t be them being stretch-fours who want to shoot 3s all night,” Walton said. “They’re too good, too athletic and too versatile. That’s just something to be able to fall back on late in the shot clock.”It does not appear Walton needs to worry. Though Randle and Nance have both shot only 25 percent from 3-point range over the past five games, neither has relied on the shot much. Randle has taken 44 shots in the past five games, eight from 3-point range.“I’m taking what the defense gives me,” Randle said. “I’m still being aggressive and attacking the basket and not just settling on my jump shot.”Over the same five games, only four of Nance’s 22 attempts were from 3-point range. LOS ANGELES >> As Julius Randle fired 3-point shots after recent shootarounds and practices, he heard Lakers associate coach Brian Shaw say a few biting words.“He kept calling me scared,” Randle said before Tuesday’s game against the Clippers at Staples Center. “I took it as a challenge.”Since then, Randle boasted that he and Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell have beaten coach Luke Walton and Shaw 7-1 in a 3-point shooting contest after recent morning shootarounds and practices.Like Randle, Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. has spent time working on his 3-point shot in an effort to expand his game after hearing constant feedback in his past two seasons. “I’m not rushing it. I’m taking it as it comes,” Nance said. “I won’t be the first guy out there shooting it. I won’t take five or six 3s in one game. But if you leave me open, I’m going to hoist it. I feel pretty confident about it.”Walton said he might start Nance before the season ends in mid-April, either with Randle or starting center Ivica Zubac. Both players sounded fine with the possibility.Said Nance: “Whether you come off the bench or start, it’s not about who starts the game. It’s about who finishes.”Said Randle: “I don’t care. As long as I hoop.”Etched in penWith the Lakers eager to gather as much data as they can for evaluation purposes, they considered it more valuable to retain undrafted guard David Nwaba than to sign another player to a 10-day contract.“He gives us a toughness that we need. He gives us a defensive mindset that we definitely need,” Walton said. “He knows that’s what’s paying the bills for him right now. Having that type of personality right now we thought was valuable for our young group.”On Tuesday, the Lakers signed Nwaba to a two-year deal, including a team option for the 2017-18 season, according to a league source familiar with the terms. While Nwaba is guaranteed to be with the Lakers for their remaining 12 games of the 2016-17 season, the second year of his deal is non-guaranteed.“I’m very happy and excited for another chance to showcase my skills,” said Nwaba, who averaged 0.6 points and 2 rebounds while shooting 48.1 percent in 14.4 minutes through 10 games. “I’m glad they like what I’m doing even though it didn’t show too much on the stat sheet.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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