Undoubtedly, Austin Reaves has been the new sensation of the LA Lakers. He had been through an inspiring journey from the state of Arkansas to the NBA. Now, AR is the most important player of the 17-time champions behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Not just that, he wants to win his first NBA championship this season and help the Lakers win their 18th title. After the last season ended with a tremendous buzz surrounding AR’s free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers extended his contract worth $56 million for four years.
That’s how much the LA side has faith in him. And for that, the credit goes to the Arkansas Native for his dedication and consistency. On top of that, AR’s fans call him the “Hilbilly Kobe.” Even at a news conference, Rob Pelinka praised Austin Reaves, saying he has got the “Mamba Gene.” It is because Reaves likes to stay nonchalant to all the compliments and even hate that comes his way. The only thing that drives Reaves is the winning motivation.
Austin Reaves Wants To Help The Lakers Win Their 18th Title
Reaves also has a lot of love for the Lakers franchise. He was a big Lakers and Kobe Bryant fan while growing up back in Arkansas. Moreover, he mentioned in an interview that he would like to stay part of the LA side forever. Recently, during the media interaction, Austin Reaves told Evan Bell that it has been a surreal journey so far. He expressed the valuable experience he had while playing for the USA team in the FIBA World Cup.
Apparently, signing a long-term contract with his beloved franchise and his shoes getting sold in no time makes the whole year so special for Austin Reaves. However, he said the only thing he’s focusing on at present is winning the title for the LA side. Austin Reaves said that his new shoes reflect his motivation and his journey with the Lakers. He would like to help LeBron James win his 5th ring before he calls it “Quits.” The Lakers Nation will pin their hopes on these top three players – Austin Reaves, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James.
It Has Indeed Been A Surreal Journey For The Arkansas Native So Far In The NBA
Everything changed drastically for AR right after his sophomore season with the LA side in the league. Both LBJ and AD had their eyes on the Arkansas native for a long time. But Reaves just proved the James-Davis duo right in their assessment of his skills. Now, the Lakers Nation hopes to see Austin Reaves play for the franchise a long time in the future, even forever if possible.
He might even sign a lifetime contract with the LA Lakers like Magic Johnson did in the “Showtime Era.” With his demand skyrocketing, Austin Reaves has new things coming with his new signature Rigorer AR1 shoes. Many more lucrative deals will keep coming his way in the future as well if he continues this amazing form in the league. That’s what AR is focusing on at the moment.