Devontae Cacok talks Summer League, training camp

Devontae Cacok
Jul 12, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Devontae Cacok (12) pulls down a defensive rebound during the second half of an NBA Summer League game against the Golden State Warriors at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The road less traveled is one that can lead you to some amazing places. Los Angeles Lakers rookie Devontae Cacok is steadying his route. Cacok spent his childhood in Riverdale, Georgia finishing his high school career at Alpharetta High School. After a decorated four years at North Carolina-Wilmington, the Lakers took interest in the high energy forward as an undrafted prospect.

It turns out that the Lakers made a hell of a move. Cacok ended his first Las Vegas Summer League averaging 11.8 points, nine rebounds, and two steals per game for the team. His impressive performance earned him an Exhibit-10 deal with the team.

Lakers Outsiders was able to catch up with Cacok during a busy off-season for some questions about his Summer League experience and what’s to come next season.

LO: Overall, how was your Summer League experience?

Cacok: Summer league has been a great experience for me. I always dreamed about playing in it and for it to actually happen, it’s just kinda crazy. But I enjoyed all of it, from meeting people to playing with my teammates and getting to know the whole Lakers organization and I plan to bring my experiences I learned on the court with me in the future.

LO: What was your favorite thing about it?

Cacok: My favorite thing about summer league is playing against other NBA players and trying to making a name for myself. There is great competition in every game and it was fun just playing hard and showing what I can do to help my team in any way possible.

LO: What was it like having the Lakers make you a contract offer?

Cacok: Having the Lakers make a contract offer to me felt unreal at first. After my workout, they had interest in me and it was just a blessing the way things have played out so far and the organization having this interest in me and making that offer. I’m grateful for the opportunity they have given me and I plan to continue to give it my all.

LO: What are you looking forward to the most during the season?

Cacok: The first thing that I am looking forward to this season is training camp. Being around some of the best players in the world is really like a dream. Seeing how they work and how much love they have for the game first hand, I feel like I can learn so much from these veterans.

Cacok will get the chance to carve out the role that many players such as Alex Caruso, David Nwaba, and Jemarrio Jones have turned into impactful minutes. As he relishes in a dream come true, we are wishing him the best of luck in the upcoming year.

Leave a Reply