The primary impetus was those players’ willingness to sign one-year contracts and preserve the Lakers’ flexibility. But the Lakers also actually believe in that odd collection of talent.
Stephenson posted a photo of the four and solicited nicknames:
“MUD”- misunderstood, under-appreciated, determined
Sure, those adjectives could apply to Rondo, Stephenson, Beasley and McGee.
But at a certain point in the season, we might use LeBron’s nickname for this group – but not as an acronym.