Point guard Coby White admitted that life under new coach Billy Donovan hasn’t been easy on him.
And he loves every minute of it.
“The goal for me is to be able to lead a team in the NBA,’’ White said. “The coaching staff has been patient, but don’t get me wrong, they’ve all challenged me, especially Billy. He’s definitely challenged me on both ends of the court on being a point guard. He’s tough on me, but that’s all you can ask for from a coach — to be tough on you and to get the best out of you.
“I’m going to take on that challenge. I’m going to keep growing, keep maintaining. I know there are going to be ups and downs, there are going to be bumps in the road, but as long as I keep growing and keep going upward, that’s all I can ask for.’’
The hope is that there has been growth because there undoubtedly have been ups and downs for White in his second season.
In the last five games heading into the matchup against the Lakers, White has shown the good, the bad and the ugly. There was the 13-assist game against the Clippers as well as the 18-point, eight-assist game against the Hornets on Friday that had Donovan praising the 2019 seventh overall pick.
But there was also a four-turnover, 8-for-20 shooting performance in a Jan. 15 loss to the…