LeBron James to play against a ‘Japanese player’ for the first time ever
A new history has begun for the LA Lakers (hereafter referred to as the Lakers), where the king reigns.
At 7 am on the 25th, the Lakers officially introduced a new team member, ‘Hachimura Rui’, through their official SNS.
Hachimura officially joined the Lakers on the 24th. He passed three 2R draft picks to the Washington Wizards and joined the Lakers along with Kendrick Nunn.
The Lakers’ expectations for him could also be seen on the official website. He was honored to be the left-hand side of NBA reigning champion LeBron James.
Hachimura, who became the first Japanese player in Lakers history, was originally from Toyama Prefecture, Japan, and was originally a baseball player who dreamed of becoming a pitcher and catcher in NPB.
However, he turned to basketball and became Japan’s best basketball star, winning the 2nd and 3rd High School Winter Cup (2013, 15 National Championships) with his high school team, Meisei High School.
In college, he was a ‘pioneer’. 토토사이트
Active at Gonzaga University, a member of the NCAA Division 1, he started as the first Japanese player in the NCAA Division 1, and was selected as the tournament MVP and Player of the Year (WCC), recording ‘first’ as a Japanese player. He took a smooth step toward the NBA by writing many of them.
Eventually, in the last year of his college career in 2019, he entered the draft and joined the Washington Wizards after being selected in the ‘first round’. He was the first ever Japanese player to be nominated in the ‘first round’.
He made a strong impression with a double-double (14 points and 10 rebounds) in his debut match against the Dallas Mavericks in October 2019.
As a member of the Wizards, he recorded an average of 13 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 177 all-time games, and served as a decent bench member. ) and is having a decent season.