The former star from Lakewood Mayfair High who has been a Lakers fan his entire life is now a 6-foot-4 guard from Arizona State who had a pre-draft workout Friday with his favorite team at its practice facility in El Segundo.
So, it was natural to ask Josh Christopher who is his favorite Lakers player.
“My favorite Laker growing up. I mean, it’s tatted on me. Mr. Kobe Bryant,” said Christopher, who raised his hand to display the Mamba insignia tattoo on his right wrist. “I’ve always been a LeBron [James] fan, but we were watching Kobe before LeBron put on that jersey. I mean, I was watching both.
“I’ve been watching the game all my life. I got to go to a Laker parade when I was a little boy, so I’ve been around the game forever. My grandma’s a die-hard Lakers fan. She’s been watching since I was in diapers. … I got to bleed purple and gold.”
The Lakers have the 22nd pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, and it is in this range that Christopher, 19, is projected to be selected.
He explained what it would mean to be drafted by the Lakers.
Alabama guard Joshua Primo celebrates after scoring against UCLA in an NCAA tournament game.
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“I would literally take it as an opportunity to just work,” said Christopher, who averaged 14.3 points and shot 30.5% from three in his…