David Nwaba has dual roles with LA Lakers, D-Fenders

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first_imgSecond-year guard D’Angelo Russell (sore left knee) and third-year guard Jordan Clarkson (left knee contusion) are listed as questionable for Friday’s game against Sacramento.While Russell participated in parts of Thursday’s practice, Clarkson sat out entirely. Rookie forward Brandon Ingram (tendinitis in right knee) is listed as probable but would be on a minutes restriction after having limited participation in Thursday’s practice.Staff shufflingAfter working in the front office for the past 16 years, Lakers assistant general manager Glenn Carraro resigned from his position on Thursday. Although the Lakers noted Carraro wants to “pursue other opportunities,” his resignation coincides with the organization making front office changes earlier this season.Carraro had worked as an assistant GM for the past five years under longtime Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, who was fired on Feb. 21. The Lakers did not indicate who would replace Carraro. …Lakers player development coach Theo Robertson will become an assistant coach with the University of California men’s basketball team after the 2016-17 season ends next week. Robertson had also coached the last game of the Lakers’ 2016 summer league team in Las Vegas. Instead of unwinding on an overnight flight, Lakers guard David Nwaba spent his Wednesday night still on the clock.Following the Lakers’ victory in San Antonio on Wednesday, Nwaba and D-Fenders general manager Nick Mazzella made the 3½-hour drive to Hildalgo, Texas for Game 1 of the D-Fenders’ playoff series against Rio Grande Valley on Thursday.“I’m excited to get an opportunity to get a ring,” Nwaba said after playing for the Lakers’ Development League affiliate for most of the 2016-17 season. “I feel like they can use me during the playoffs and help them win a championship. It’s nice to hear that they miss me on the team.”It does not appear Nwaba will rest anytime soon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHe will be in Los Angeles on Friday for the Lakers’ game against Sacramento and then he’ll play with the D-Fenders for Game 2 on Saturday. After playing with the Lakers against Minnesota on Sunday, Nwaba needs to be available to return to Hidalgo for a possible Game 3. If that scenario happens, Nwaba could play as many as eight games on consecutive days. That’s because the Lakers also play against New Orleans on Tuesday at Staples Center and then on Wednesday night at Golden State.“I’m a young guy,” the 24-year-old Nwaba said. “I don’t think it will faze me.”Nwaba, an undrafted guard who starred at University High of Los Angeles and Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo), has averaged 5.6 points on 56.5 percent shooting and 3.2 rebounds in 19.1 minutes through 18 appearances with the Lakers. He originally signed a pair of 10-day contracts with the team in February, before being picked up for the rest of the regular season. Lakers coach Luke Walton has often praised Nwaba’s defensive intensity, a staple he hopes eventually influences his teammates.“He’s blowing plays up on defense,” Walton said. “Guys on our team really start to enjoy watching him do it. They enjoy playing on his unit. I think he’s done a fine job since he’s been here.”Injury updatecenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more