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Rashad McCants works out at Lakers facility

December 6, 2011 |  1:02 pm

At this rate, the same amount NBA hopefuls have showed up to the Lakers' practice facility Tuesday as the actual roster.

Lakers guards Derek Fisher, Devin Ebanks and Darius Morris practiced, while players such as Leon Powe, Marcus Banks and Rashad McCants arrived hoping they can provide some favorable impressions on the Lakers' front office.

Considering that the Lakers are pondering more aggressive moves, such as acquiring Dwight Howard and/or Chris Paul, this hardly qualifies as an urgent manner. But to an NBA hopeful, no one's ever been given a job when they haven't applied.

In McCants' case, he would know. Though he has never had off-the-court issues, he's been saddled with a reputation for having a bad attitude. He also never showed up at the Cleveland Cavaliers' mini-camp last off-season before playing in China and for the D-League's Texas Legends last season

"Focus on the future," McCants said. "Everything that's happened in the past has been in the past. I've grown a lot. Right now, my focus is helping any team to the playoffs and to the championship. Maturing as a player, maturing as a person, has just been about helping the team win and do my part to help the team to get more wins to a championship."

McCants said he's maintained contact with General Manager Mitch Kupchak because of their North Carolina connections and the Lakers' apparent interest in him in past seasons. McCants labeled the Lakers as "an ideal team for me to play for" as a reserve and plans to practice at the Lakers' and Clippers' practice facilities the rest of the week. Nonetheless, that'd bring inevitable complications with Lamar Odom considering that his wife Khloe Kardashian once had a relationship with McCants. 

"To be in this atmosphere and feel that championship swag is important, said McCants. Hopefully that can lead me into training camp."


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