Lakers Examiner: You know the walk-on in college basketball? The little guy at the end of the bench that the student section incessantly cheers for during garbage time? For the Los Angeles Lakers, that guy is Sun Yue.
The Lakers beat the Milwakee Bucks Sunday, 105-92, in a game that was a blowout from the get-go.
The biggest eruption by the Staples Center fans didn’t go to Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, or Andrew Bynum. Instead it came when rookie Sun Yue checked in at the scorer’s table, ready to make his NBA debut.
After Sun entered the game, every time he touched the ball the noise level reached a crescendo with scattered cries of “shoot it!”
With Sasha Vujacic poorly running the point, the Lakers turned to Sun to bring the ball up the court. The result was not pretty.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Ramon Sessions cleanly picked the ball from Sun and took it down to the other end of the court. The frustration was clear on Sun’s face as he fouled Sessions to prevent a fast break.
After missing his first jumper badly, Sun redeemed himself by making a 16-foot jumper over the outstretched arm of Francisco Elson for his first NBA points.