A New, "Wild" Wesley Johnson Was A Hot Topic At Friday's Lakers Practice

Young swingman Wesley Johnson is an essential part of the Los Angeles Lakers for this 2014-15 NBA season. This is especially true as Nick Young remains a few weeks away from a return with his thumb injury.

"He hasn’t really scratched the surface on how good he can be as a basketball player on both ends of the floor,” Lakers head coach Byron Scott said of Johnson on Friday, via Serena Winters of Lakers Nation.

Johnson has been told to play like the welfare of his family depends on it by returning superstar Kobe Bryant. That means taking a more assertive role and bringing out what Johnson terms as his "wild" side.

"He’s got the green light," Scott said of Johnson after Friday's practice. He can’t worry about me taking him out cause I’m not going to take him out for taking a bad shot or making a mistake offensively. Now I’ll take him out for making a mistake defensively, but not on the offensive end.”

“I know he can be better and that’s what I’m kinda pushing for.”

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