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Young Lakers look to Caldwell-Pope to add veteran leadership, defensive grit

Young Lakers look to Caldwell-Pope to add veteran leadership, defensive grit

Mostly muted during his introductory news conference, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a moment Tuesday where his lips parted into a bright grin.

It happened when he was reminded that at the ripe old age of 24, entering his fifth NBA season, he qualifies as a veteran on the young Lakers team he just joined.

“I’m laughing,” Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson said. “You’re old at five years in the league.”

Caldwell-Pope chuckled too.

“I’m just hope to bring the leadership,” he said. “Just try to get the guys’ motor going. Get them going in different ways. You gotta come at people in different ways. You gotta figure out how they work.”

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