February 28, 2017
Nwaba, who went undrafted out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2016 and has never played in the NBA, signed a 10-day contract with the Lakers and will be in uniform for Tuesday night's game against the Charlotte Hornets at Staples Center.
"It's pretty crazy growing up a Lakers fans and dreaming about this day, and it's finally happening," Nwaba, a former Los Angeles University High and Santa Monica College standout, said after Tuesday's shoot-around. "It's a great feeling."
Known for his feisty defense, Nwaba had been particularly effective in his last 10 games, averaging 21.1 points on 65.6% shooting, 8.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks in 34.2 minutes.
Asked what he can bring to a team that has allowed an average of 110.9 points a game, fourth-worst in the league, Nwaba said: "My defense. I think that's why they're interested in me. I'm gonna play hard, make the hustle plays and see what I can do when I get the opportunity."
Nwaba, 24, was enjoying an off-day Monday afternoon when he was called into the Lakers' El Segundo practice facility by D-Fenders Coach Coby Karl.
"I actually thought he wanted me to work a Boys & Girls [Club] clinic, so that was going through my mind," Nwaba said. "The Lakers [executives and coaches] were there and told me the good news. I was shocked … and very happy."