Childhood Coach Has High Praise For Marcelo Huertas
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The man affectionately known as “Marcelinho” — or “little Marcelo” — by those closest to him, Los Angeles Lakers’ reserve point guard Marcelo Huertas already appears to be staking a claim as one of this team’s early “fan favorites” and he’s just, finally getting his NBA career started at the age of 32. The 6’3″, Brazilian-born floor general was a solid Euroleague player through 11 seasons with various teams and was very good for his native country’s national team during their 2012 Olympic tournament run.

Outside of YouTube highlight packages and perhaps his Olympic play, many fans wondered just what to expect from the veteran guard when the Lakers decided to sign him over the summer; and the limited, but impressive time he was able to play during the preseason shifted the discussion from whether he could make the roster to having a desire to see just what sort of role Huertas might be able to carve out for himself with this team?

Castle Country Radio’s Jordan Buscarini, friend of our Lakers Nation Podcast, recently caught up with a man that has known and coached Huertas from the age of just 9-years-old. Adjalma Becheli, Utah State University-Eastern’s Head Coach, offered some very high praise and encouraging insight into Huertas’ background.

“He’s a true point guard,” Becheli told Buscarini. “He wants to get the team involved as much as he can. I’m not going that far, but he can be a little bit like John Stockton as a pass-first [mentality]. If he scores two points, but gives like 8-10 assists, that’s what he lives for.”

You can tell he was being safe about not placing the types of expectations that would come with being mentioned in the same vein as the Hall-of-Famer Stockton on Huertas, rather it appeared he was merely suggesting a similar affinity for generating and creating offense for his teammates. Either way, Huertas is proving the assessment to be accurate, as other reserves like Ryan Kelly and Nick Young in particular have already appeared to reap the benefits.

“I bet Kobe is going to be really happy with him,” Becheli continued. “Because he first wants to pass and second wants to score, and Kobe is going to have a lot of open shots and the other guys, too.”

It’s a pretty safe assumption that if you can pass the ball and make it easier for Bryant to score, you’re probably going to be ‘golden’ in his book. Time will tell how much the two of them play together as Coach Scott continues to mix and match his early-season rotations, but Becheli is right about his potential impact. It will be interesting to track the efficiency ratings of players that share minutes on the court with him over the course of the year.

What we do know is that Huertas appears to be another positive veteran addition this front office made in order to provide balance and experience to the roster. According to Becheli, whom he told he would “one day” make it to the NBA back at the age of 10, there were several Euroleague teams willing to offer Huertas more money than the reported $525K he’s currently making with the Lakers.

He went on to mention how the two talk on a daily basis and described the opportunity to play for this organization and alongside a veteran that has reached the heights of Bryant as a “dream come true” situation. Clearly, the chance to compete at the highest level and as a contributing member of this rebuild was more important than the opportunity for a larger contract at this point in his career.

The 32-year-old NBA rookie is under no disillusion about the ultimate lead role on a team that just used the second pick in the draft on D’Angelo Russell, but like several other veteran additions, Huertas seems ready and willing to simply make an impact when the opportunity presents itself. For the Lakers, that’s a phenomenal luxury to finally have. Even during a rebuild, it’s absolutely vital to have players willing and able to fulfill designated roles.

From developing his game with the famed Esporte Clube Pinheiros as a child in Brazil to his high school years spent playing in Texas (just outside of Dallas), and obviously the success he’s enjoyed throughout his professional career overseas and in Brazil, Huertas has found a way to be successful. Whether Huertas ends up playing a major role at some point or ends up merely contributing here and there, he will have fulfilled a life-long dream by simply reaching this level; but something tells me he’ll find a way to continue making the type of chemistry-building impact he’s seemed to have had wherever he’s played throughout the years.

It is a shame BS just gave to him very limited minute to play!!!

  1. I dont get it. Huertas needs enough time to get things cooking.

    The whole team looked out of place all these games, including Huertas.

    Its almost as if there was a lack of direction.

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      2. In fairness Randle and Russell are just getting there feet wet in the NBA.

        Kobe is still heaving the ball toward the basket when Clarkson should be handling the Ball.

        The Lakers ownership should have never resigned Kobe, nor traded away a first round pick to the Suns who traded it to 76ers.

        The rebuild needs to move forward.

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  2. Instead of giving Huertas the ability to come in and give the second unit some semblance of an orginized unit he continues to put the ball in the hands of Lou. Don’t get me wrong Lou is one of the most consistant scorers on the team right now but he should not be the PG, he scores but doesn’t get the rest of the team involved as much as he should. I think Lou would be putting up even better numbers if they had a true ditributor on the floor with him.

    1. Its like BS wants to lose, just about any one could do better in rationing the players, there is no reason that HUERTAS is not running the second unit, I understand his D is lacking but his passing and leadership, WILL make up for a few mistakes that he may make.

    2. He can only look for open players, he can’t make them go to open spots if they don’t at least try, Byron just has them go to designated spots and there they stay like programmed robots, no slashing, no picks, etc, they should have kept MD’s playbook, I’m sure it has more than 1 page on Byron’s playbook.

    1. I dont get it. Huertas needs enough time to get things cooking.

      The whole team looked out of place all these games, including Huertas.

      Its almost as if there was a lack of direction.

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        2. In fairness Randle and Russell are just getting there feet wet in the NBA.

          Kobe is still heaving the ball toward the basket when Clarkson should be handling the Ball.

          The Lakers ownership should have never resigned Kobe, nor traded away a first round pick to the Suns who traded it to 76ers.

          The rebuild needs to move forward.

    2. Instead of giving Huertas the ability to come in and give the second unit some semblance of an orginized unit he continues to put the ball in the hands of Lou. Don’t get me wrong Lou is one of the most consistant scorers on the team right now but he should not be the PG, he scores but doesn’t get the rest of the team involved as much as he should. I think Lou would be putting up even better numbers if they had a true ditributor on the floor with him.

      1. Its like BS wants to lose, just about any one could do better in rationing the players, there is no reason that HUERTAS is not running the second unit, I understand his D is lacking but his passing and leadership, WILL make up for a few mistakes that he may make.

      2. He can only look for open players, he can’t make them go to open spots if they don’t at least try, Byron just has them go to designated spots and there they stay like programmed robots, no slashing, no picks, etc, they should have kept MD’s playbook, I’m sure it has more than 1 page on Byron’s playbook.

  • I get it we want to develop Russell as soon as possible but I think the Lakers are giving a wrong signal to the young players. Russell suppose to earn his starting spot and to be honest, I don’t think he deserves it yet. Clarkson earned his spot last season. Kobe earned his spot too when he was young.

    Huertas should start over Russell if BS is really looking to win games.He has a lot of experience and leadership quality to lead the team.

    1. I was saying this before the regular season started. I think it would’ve made much more sense to bring Russell off the bench so he can sit and observe like Clark did the first half of last year. Let the kid come in with less pressure to perform like a starting NBA guard, which he clearly is not at this point.

      1. But CLARKSON is much better at the SG, I would hate to take him off the 2, he is the only bright spot, along with RANDLE.

        1. I’m not saying change anything with JC. Just put D Russ in with the second unit and have Huertas play with the starters, until Russell comes around.

          1. I AGREE, that’s what I post down below, I have been thinking that all season , I guess VEGAS GUYS think the same.

    2. Its really just about favoritism and how big of a star the player is because i bet B.Scott rarely benched Kyrie and Cp3 the way he benches Russell, Russell isnt playing like those star players when they we’re rookies so thats why he bench Russell the way he does. Russell has to prove he deserve those minutes.

      1. And how does he do that sitting on the bench? In stead play HUERTAS at the start , and RUSSELL off the bench, that will give him something to work for and will be getting good training with the bench team, that cant be to tough to figure out, but I know every one is saying the other team will run over him well him or RUSSELL they are both getting ran over.

    3. Russell needs to be playing as much as he can. He is a 19 yr. old kid. Remember how lousy Kobe was his first year.

      The Lakers are going to be a lousy team but they have young talent and this is what has to be done to rebuild the franchise.

      Giving up a first round pick for Nash only delays the rebuild as does having Kobe heaving up the ball.

  • I get it we want to develop Russell as soon as possible but I think the Lakers are giving a wrong signal to the young players. Russell suppose to earn his starting spot and to be honest, I don’t think he deserves it yet. Clarkson earned his spot last season. Kobe earned his spot too when he was young.

    Huertas should start over Russell if BS is really looking to win games.He has a lot of experience and leadership quality to lead the team.

    1. I was saying this before the regular season started. I think it would’ve made much more sense to bring Russell off the bench so he can sit and observe like Clark did the first half of last year. Let the kid come in with less pressure to perform like a starting NBA guard, which he clearly is not at this point.

      1. But CLARKSON is much better at the SG, I would hate to take him off the 2, he is the only bright spot, along with RANDLE.

        1. I’m not saying change anything with JC. Just put D Russ in with the second unit and have Huertas play with the starters, until Russell comes around.

          1. I AGREE, that’s what I post down below, I have been thinking that all season , I guess VEGAS GUYS think the same.

    2. Its really just about favoritism and how big of a star the player is because i bet B.Scott rarely benched Kyrie and Cp3 the way he benches Russell, Russell isnt playing like those star players when they we’re rookies so thats why he bench Russell the way he does. Russell has to prove he deserve those minutes.

      1. And how does he do that sitting on the bench? In stead play HUERTAS at the start , and RUSSELL off the bench, that will give him something to work for and will be getting good training with the bench team, that cant be to tough to figure out, but I know every one is saying the other team will run over him well him or RUSSELL they are both getting ran over.

    3. Russell needs to be playing as much as he can. He is a 19 yr. old kid. Remember how lousy Kobe was his first year.

      The Lakers are going to be a lousy team but they have young talent and this is what has to be done to rebuild the franchise.

      Giving up a first round pick for Nash only delays the rebuild as does having Kobe heaving up the ball.

    1. Unfortunately Im starting to agree on this.

      And maybe it has nothing to do with his knowledge more than it has to do with his style of coaching and lack of proper communication.

    2. It’s becoming all to clear that Scott just does not have the complete control over this team. I’m sure he doesn’t gain any respect from the other players that sit on the bench and watch Kobe brick shot after shot and continue to stay on the floor. He needs to start making everyone (including Kobe) responsible for their play on the court and let their minutes reflect their play.

      1. In other words if any one is having a bad night take him out, no matter who it is, and I think every one on the team including KOBE WOULD AGREE.

    1. Unfortunately Im starting to agree on this.

      And maybe it has nothing to do with his knowledge more than it has to do with his style of coaching and lack of proper communication.

    2. It’s becoming all to clear that Scott just does not have the complete control over this team. I’m sure he doesn’t gain any respect from the other players that sit on the bench and watch Kobe brick shot after shot and continue to stay on the floor. He needs to start making everyone (including Kobe) responsible for their play on the court and let their minutes reflect their play.

      1. In other words if any one is having a bad night take him out, no matter who it is, and I think every one on the team including KOBE WOULD AGREE.

  • Mr Davis, please do me a favor….wind back and give your buddy Mr. Shiling a backhand for his last article.

    Thank you!

    1. Why because he spoke the truth, he was only saying what every one knew already, but some still have their head in the SAND.

  • Mr Davis, please do me a favor….wind back and give your buddy Mr. Shiling a backhand for his last article.

    Thank you!

    1. Why because he spoke the truth, he was only saying what every one knew already, but some still have their head in the SAND.

  • Huertas is another player BS is destroying in his personal meat grinder. When will the mutiny come? :-/

  • Huertas is another player BS is destroying in his personal meat grinder. When will the mutiny come? :-/

  • Huertas is Sooo important to the success of this Laker team – Dude can Ball, got some mad skills, True Point Guard

    Lakers are fortunate to have such a Great Player

  • Huertas is Sooo important to the success of this Laker team – Dude can Ball, got some mad skills, True Point Guard

    Lakers are fortunate to have such a Great Player

  • Huertas should be running the second unit. Not sure what BS strategy is. I remember when Del Harris used to bench Kobe as a rookie. There’s a similar pattern here the way BS is benching Russell. js. Not much will change until 16/17 season or until they hire a new coach. Everyone will be calling for Jim Buss to step down if BS can’t turn the team around.

  • Huertas should be running the second unit. Not sure what BS strategy is. I remember when Del Harris used to bench Kobe as a rookie. There’s a similar pattern here the way BS is benching Russell. js. Not much will change until 16/17 season or until they hire a new coach. Everyone will be calling for Jim Buss to step down if BS can’t turn the team around.

  • L.A Lakers is destroying Huertas’s basketball. They do not give the ball to him create shots. And they use him with the worst possible players. He is totally underused. They are betting a lot on Russell and committing the last years of basketball at a high level of Huertas and Kobe. Lakers should use Huertas with the starters. Russell will not be an allstar in three years. They are giving too much responsability to this kid which played just one year in college.

  • L.A Lakers is destroying Huertas’s basketball. They do not give the ball to him create shots. And they use him with the worst possible players. He is totally underused. They are betting a lot on Russell and committing the last years of basketball at a high level of Huertas and Kobe. Lakers should use Huertas with the starters. Russell will not be an allstar in three years. They are giving too much responsability to this kid which played just one year in college.

  • He should be starting instead of Russell and he was doing great during preseason but I guess he didn’t get enough minutes that couldn’t get him going.

  • He should be starting instead of Russell and he was doing great during preseason but I guess he didn’t get enough minutes that couldn’t get him going.

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