Entry 10: Alex Caruso
Finding out that the Lakers would be without Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Josh Hart, really put a damper on what was supposed to be a great matchup. Lonzo vs Fox. Instead I had to settle for the Lakers trotting out a starting lineup that resembled the 1949 Minneapolis Lakers. But amongst the sea of whites arose a true star: Alex Caruso. A 23 year old going on 40, 6’5″ point guard and former Texas A&M ball boy. Which lead me to the question, did the Lakers draft the wrong ball boy? One hell of a performance in a 95-92 Lakers victory finishing with 18 points (7/9 FG & 4/5 3PT), 9 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 block. I’ve joined the Cult of Caruso and I’ve drank the Kool-Aid. The guy was pure electric. At one point Caruso blocked Buddy Hield so hard off the backboard that Kings owner Vivek Ranadive must’ve considered trading him back to New Orleans. A huge steal down the final stretch of the game for Caruso which lead to an alley-oop to Travis Wear was the play of the game for me. In his postgame interview, Caruso explained how he knew Wear was athletic but that “you don’t get the white guy to white guy alley-opp all the time”. And thank god for that. But what I really like about Caruso is that finally I have a future Laker all-star and idol for those of us with thinning hair to look up to. Someone who accepts the fact that their hair is basically transparent and doesn’t try and hide it like that little Lebron fella. A true man of the thinning hair people and for that I salute you, sir. The Lakers will play again on Wednesday and I’m sure all the hype will go back to Lonzo, and deservedly so. But if he has to sit out another game because of his groin, then I pray to the basketball gods that Caruso star shines again. And if not? Well at least we’ll always have that one night in Vegas together Caruso.
A Lakers Fan