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Lakers News: Xavier Henry Trying To Establish Himself In The NBA

xavier henryXavier Henry has found a home here in Los Angeles, and the young guard is looking to build a solid foundation in the NBA.

Henry was the 12th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies and his career with them did not go as planned. Henry dealt with injuries and was unable to find comfort in the new situation.

After the Lakers faced Henry’s former team on Tuesday, the guard spoke to the Daily News and talked about where he stands in his NBA career. Although his first few seasons were a struggle, he hopes to work toward a long and successful career.

“I’m trying to solidify myself and have a great career,” Henry said. “But it doesn’t happen in a day. I can’t have too many highs or lows. It’s about pushing through the whole season.”

This season with the Lakers, Henry has averaged 9.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game while playing a very important role in the Lakers’ rotation. When Bryant was out due to injury, Henry was someone the coaching staff trusted late in games and he constantly made big shots down the stretch. As the season progresses, Henry hopes to build on his skills and become a lethal option as the Lakers work for the post season.

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  • Luvlakers

    Good for you Xavier. You will make it. You have great potential. Keep playing your game.

    • Gregory Choa

      Evidently, Luvlakers has multiple personalities!

      • Gregory Choa

        Yes, it seems Luvlakers and HATORADE may be one in the same…hello Sybil!

  • Gregory Choa

    X has so far made the most of his opportunity with the Lakers and under D’Antoni – who clearly believes in him – he has a real chance to flourish and make a real “name” for himself. There is no doubt he is one of the few players on the team that can genuinely create his own shot – along with Kobe and Swaggy P – and his athleticism is there. Where he needs to improve – which is all on him – is on the defensive side of the ball and at the free throw line. If he can demonstrate real improvement in those two areas, X is not only going to develop into a great player in his own right, but force the Lakers to have to figure out a way to re-sign his this summer.

  • HATORADE

    Not too sure what to think of Xavier Henry,he seems to make way too many mistakes and his game seems weak.He has no real understanding of how to play the game the right way.He depends on too many drives to the hoop and he is a terrible finisher around the rim,if i had a dollars for every time he missed a easy shot around the rim i would be a wealthy man.

    Also he turns the ball over too much and he has bad handles.He is a terrible shooter.Xavier Henry sucks at making free throws he is one of the worst non big men free throw shooters of all time.This guy Xavier is a terrible passer and a horrible rebounder.This guy is a bust.

    He plays awful on defense he gets beat so many times by his man.Lakers are a bad team and he is getting minutes because the Lakers are terrible and Mike Dumbtoni is a idiot for giving all these scrubs major playing time it is stupid and pointless they are all leaving in the off season.1 year deals taking a page from Mark Cuban and Dallas.You are delusional Lakers fans if you think you guys are getting LBJ or Carmelo.Hell no that will never happen,i guarantee you that.

    Jim Buss is a garbage owner the worst in all of sports,he is copying the Dallas Mavericks path to rebuilding and that’s a lost cause.Dallas Mavericks had players on 1 year deals and lost them all O.J. Mayo,Darrin Collinson,Chris Kaman,Elton Brand.The Lakers are going to most likely lose all the players on 1 year deals.Xavier Henry might find some stupid team like Cavs or Bucks to pay him in the off season.All the scrubs will be gone and hopefully Jim Buss gets ousted as owner by the Lakers invested committee.FIRE MIKE D’ANTONI!

    • nlruizjr

      Smush Parker is this you ?????

  • Josh

    Xavier is this year’s Earl Clark. Started the season with one great game and has shown flashes of brilliance since. Fans seem to love him, but he is better served as a rotation player on a weak Eastern Conference team.

    Clark, by the way, barely sees the floor this year in Cleveland. What were the Lakers thinking last year?

  • Paytc

    The X will play a major factor in helping the team exceed expectations this season IMO. I think he will benefit from Kobe’s mentoring. As will Swaggy P and the other young players on the team.

    Kobe’s presence will occupy the defenders attention. All they have to do is earn Kobe’s respect and confidence in them by “STEPPING UP ” and knocking down a good % of the passes to them.

    That actually could become a win/win. Because if teams have more respect for the role players they will be forced to not focus too much attention on Kobe. Thus Kobe will force them back into making him the priority when they loosen up the coverage on Kobe. We would force them to pick their poison. That could benefit Kobe also by lightening his load some nights to help him round back into high level playing shape.

    I do expect X. Henry to emerge as a superstar some day.But he must be willing to listen to ,and pattern his work ethic and game after Kobe’s.

    T. Owens benefitted from playing alongside Jerry Rice. Hopefully X. and/or Swaggy P and others do as well playing along side Kobe Bryant.

    Go Xavier Henry ! Go Lakers !

  • Marty Susman

    I think he needs to play every game as a starter, lets see how he plays & how he learns & see if he deserves a long term deal. Young & Hill as well need to play as starters.

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