By Harrison Faigen
Las Vegas — Los Angeles Lakers rookie Svi Mykhailiuk has begun to become adept at setting the internet ablaze, and after his ridiculous step-back 3-pointer over LA Clippers reserve Thomas Wimbush in the team’s Thursday night win, he had his teammates in a tizzy, too.
”Oh, it was nasty. He had a lot of sauce on that one. That’s one of those ones where I was on the wing like ‘what the hel--ooookay!!!’ You know?” said Lakers guard Josh Hart. “I was a little wary of the shot at first, but he cashed it and I was hyped.”
Hart wasn’t the only teammate hyped about Mykhailiuk’s highlight play:
As perhaps should be expected of the endlessly confident Mykhailiuk, he wasn’t overly impressed with himself.
”I had the ball and the guy just started pushing me, so I had to put a couple moves and just score,” Mykhailiuk said simply.
Also not blown away was his coach for Las Vegas Summer League, Miles Simon, who has grown used to Mykhailiuk doing the incredible on the basketball court over the last half-decade.
”Nothing that Svi does surprises me. I worked in TV for nine or ten years, and the last four or five I worked in the Big 12 conference. I’ve seen Svi since he was a freshman. I’ve seen him in practice, I’ve seen him in games. It’s not a surprise that he puts the ball on the floor,” Simon said....