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Kendall Marshall gives Lakers surprising lift

first_imgIt came from his mother, Kim, who wasn’t pleased.“The only text I got back from my mom was she sent me a video clip and told me to stop cursing,” Marshall recalled. “They caught me on the bench saying some things. I guess I have to watch my mouth now.”With the Lakers (14-19) entering tonight’s game against the Denver Nuggets (15-17) at Staples Center, coach Mike D’Antoni had much fewer critigues.“He might not have those numbers all the time. Maybe he does. Maybe he doesn’t,” D’Antoni said. “But the rhythm is something he gives us that is important.”Against Denver, Marshall also will have to defend speedy guard Ty Lawson. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We have to do a great job as a team,” Marshall said. “I don’t know if there’s anybody in the league that can guard him one on one. I’m excited about the challenge.”Marshall has stayed humble through this process.He peppers the Lakers’ injured backcourt, namely Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar, with questions. Marshall would do the same to Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash if they weren’t endlessly floating in and out of treatment on their respective knee and back injuries. He also has a family that appears ready to provide honest feedback.“My mom sends me shooting clips telling me I need to work on stuff,” Marshall said. “I use that as motivation. My sister tells me she scored more points in her (rec league) game than me. I’ll use that as motivation.”After Phoenix selected him with the 13th pick in the 2012 Draft, Marshall was sent to the Wizards in a trade. Washington then cut him before the season started, leaving Marshall toiling with the Delaware 87ers of the NBA’s Developmental League. Marshall has a contract worth $547,570 that doesn’t become fully guaranteed until after Jan. 10.“I still feel like I’m fortunate I get to play basketball for a living,” Marshall said. “When I was in high school and played at Chris Paul’s camp, that’s one thing he stressed to us. He’s humbled by the fact that every day he gets to wake up and do something he would do for free. That really hit me in high school and I stuck to that since then.”Also …For the second consecutive game, D’Antoni said his startng lineup against Denver will include Marshall (point guard), Jodie Meeks (shooting guard), Nick Young (small forward), Pau Gasol (power forward) and Robert Sacre (center). center_img The stream of text messages filled Kendall Marshall’s inbox as quickly as one of his timely passes and as frequently as one of his clutch baskets.Marshall had just finished posting 20 points and 15 assists in the Lakers’ victory Friday over Utah, and the significance went beyond ending the team’s six-game losing streak. It marked his first career start as a Laker and was a temporary solution to an ailing backcourt that misses six point guards.Marshall had toiled this season in the Development League after spending last season in Phoenix as a first-round washout from North Carolina.The text messages from Tar Heels coach Roy Williams and Jazz guard and former UNC product Marvin Williams, among others, offered encouraging words. Marshall’s overnight growth on his Twitter account — he estimated an additional 8,000-9,000 followers — also illustrated the buzz he created with the Lakers. But there was one message that popped out to the Lakers’ 22-year-old point guard the most.last_img

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