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Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. garnering approval in summer league

Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. garnering approval in summer league

This wasn't Boston in the 1980s and these weren't Celtics fans. One hustle play after another finally led to the chants — "Lar-ry, Lar-ry!" They were from Lakers followers. Larry Nance Jr., better known as the Lakers' other first-round draft pick, delighted the summer league crowd Saturday by throwing his body around the court and showing a good nose for the ball in a 68-60 victory over Philadelphia. His stats were sprinkled across the board — eight points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots — and his play said a little bit about why the Lakers drafted the 6-foot-9 power forward much higher than projected. If it takes one to...

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