Manny Harris’ second 10-day Los Angeles Lakers contract expired after they lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves, but that did not stop him from entering and finishing tonight’s game with guns blazing. In fact, he scored his season-high of 19 points Tuesday night, despite already knowing what his future held going into the game. Harris told the media during his post-game interview on Time Warner Cable SportsNet:
My agent let me know before this game where we’re headed…it wasn’t the route I wanted but that’s the game.”
Although Harris spent just 20 days as a Laker, averaging 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, he felt like he learned a lot during this stint in the NBA, acknowledging in his post-game interviews his need to get better in some areas. In addition, after the game, Harris posted this photo with a caption thanking LA on his Instagram account:
During his final game as a Laker, Harris went 8-11 from the field and 2-3 from beyond the arc. He was asked how it felt tonight knowing it was his last game with the Lakers, on Time Warner Cable SportsNet:
I just went out there and tried to compete and do anything to help the team win.”
In spite of Harris’ dominant performance, the purple and gold suffered their seventh straight loss. The Lakers continued struggle and the reason Manny Harris was called up in the first place is due in large part to the number of injured players on the roster. However, with Steve Nash and Steve Blake returning to the lineup tonight, the need for Harris had diminished.
The end was as positive as it could be for Manny Harris as he explained to the media on Time Warner SportsNet, “I still feel like I proved that I can play in this league.” Although the chips didn’t fall exactly where Harris had hoped, he tweeted how grateful he is for the opportunity, noting that the Lakers are a great organization with great fans.
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