First, Lakers coach Byron Scott told reporters that his team passed on Emmanuel Mudiay because they didn’t think he was a “true point guard.” Then, before Mudiay’s first game against the Lakers, he said he was using Scott’s criticism as motivation.
Mudiay had 10 assists in the Nuggets’ 120-109 win over the Lakers that night, and he made sure Scott knew he remembered his words:
The player the Lakers did select in the draft, fellow point guard D'Angelo Russell, played well also. Long after Scott is gone from Los Angeles, matchups between Russell and Mudiay are going to be must-watch TV. They’re both going to be very good for a very long time.