LA Lakers player Alex Caruso skips the wedding of his sister to remain in the NBA bubble; JR is ready to play again with LeBron
Alex Caruso, shooting guard of the LA Lakers, has opted not to attend the wedding of his older sister Megan to stay with the team and prepare for the season's restart. Caruso was scheduled to attend the wedding on July 18 but at the eleventh hour, he changed his plans. He said his Championship winning goals were a higher priority. He shared his decision with Zach Lowe, saying: "If I was on a team that had no championship aspirations — a team that was trying to hang on to No. 8 seed or something — it may have been different, but we've worked too hard.
Caruso had earlier been given permission to attend the wedding by LA Lakers' coach Frank Vogel and GM Rob Pelinka. Caruso eventually chose not to go because of worries about coronavirus and the mandatory quarantine he would have had to undergo upon his return. The LA Lakers already lack key players like Avery Bradley, who chose not to join the Orlando team, and Rajon Rondo, who broke his right thumb in practice. Caruso spoke about the support that Teammates LeBron James and Anthony Davis provided, saying: "They supported my decision either way. They also made me understand how important I am to what we're trying to do here, now that [Avery Bradley] didn't do it and [Rajon Rondo] injured his hand. Accountability is added ... they've got my back. I felt the organization's sincere support." Caruso scored 5.4 points and 1.9 rebounds off the bench this season for the LA Lakers. Because he has only played a game for 18 minutes, the number would presumably go up when the NBA season restarts.
Bubble life: Alex Caruso had a decision to make last weekend: stay in the bubble, or attend his sister's 100-plus person wedding in Texas? He talked about his choice -- and the NBA's quarantine timetables -- with ESPN: https://t.co/aFHdBoAxvy— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 22, 2020