When does an NBA bring in a high school football coach to give the team a pep talk?
When that coach is Herman Boone from "Remember the Titans.”More accurately—the actor that played him in Denzel Washington.
Just when it looked like the Lakers and LeBron were clicking—winning 7 of 8—the team hit a snag losing two in arrow, the latest being a 32-point drubbing by Denver.
Lakers GM Rob Pelinka regularly invites notable speakers in entertainment and other industries to address the team, and Denzel was the latest guest in its "Genius Series" on Wednesday.
"It's great," Lakers coach Luke Walton says. "People are frustrated and angry after those types of games, so you bring in someone like Denzel, and he talks about the things he talks about, it does a nice job of lifting spirits."
Walton said the 63-year-old actor's message provided welcomed perspective to his team, which is 11-9 and hosts the Indiana Pacers on Thursday.
Hey wasn’t a long trip for the Oscar winning actor as Washington often sits courtside at Staples Center across from the Lakers' bench and played college basketball at Fordham, where he was coached by former NBA coach and current ESPN analyst P.J. Carlesimo.
Hmm, maybe he should have suited up.