On April 14, 2016, after the Lakers’ 101-96 victory over the Jazz in the NBA regular season, Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who scored 60 points in the game, officially announced his retirement. That year’s Lakers, in addition to Kobe, the starting lineup is dominated by young players, and their bench is sitting on both Lu Wei, Nick Young, who is in his sixth year, as well as the league’s fringe players such as Thackeray, Huertas and Blake. With Randle signing with the Pelicans for two years and $18 million in July 2018, all of Kobe’s teammates from his final year, as well as head coach Luke Walton, have left the team. Now six years later, Kobe has passed away due to a helicopter accident, so how are his teammates from that time doing now?
- Julius Randall
Randle was supposed to be the Lakers’ inside hope, but after his rookie contract expired, the young man parted peacefully with the team in order to leave plenty of payroll space for the second summer, and the Lakers did not make a qualifying offer for him, the former signed a short 1+1 contract with the Pelicans, during which Randle managed to hit his stride, and after the 2018-19 season, Randle executed his player option and signed a big contract with the New York Knicks signed a big 3-year, $63 million contract. This season, Randle became the number one player on the Knicks, leading the team to the fourth position in the East, and he himself was selected as an All-Star for the first time in his career.
- Metta Ford-Artest
Metta Ford-Artest has since gone on to spend one more season with the Lakers. Appearing in 25 games and averaging 2.3 points in 6.4 minutes per game; Metta Ford-Artest has been coaching the Lakers’ Development League team since 2017, and going forward, we have a chance to see Jalen Artest Jr. perform in the league.
- Anthony Brown
Anthony Brown was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round with the 34th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. But Anthony Brown didn’t live up to the team’s expectations for him. He played 29 games for the Lakers in his rookie season, starting 11; since then he has played for the New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves and has now left the NBA league and now plays for the French league club Metropolitans 92.
- Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly started his wandering career after leaving the Lakers. He joined the Hawks, Celtics and Rockets and kept getting cut. After being cut by the Rockets, Kelly left the NBA and went to the Spanish league. After playing one season in Spain, he joined the SunRockers Shibuya team in the Japanese league and has played there since.
11. Brandon Bass
Larry Nance Jr. was traded to Cleveland along with Jordan Clarkson, but unlike Clarkson, Nance still plays for the Cavaliers, and the dunking prodigy is a qualified backup forward, averaging 10.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 29 games so far this season.
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