Warriors' Youngsters Draw Praise from Lakers

K ShakranSenior Analyst IFebruary 19, 2009

After the Los Angeles Lakers' 129-121 triumph over the Golden State Warriors Thursday, Lamar Odom and Kobe Bryant were all praises for two Golden State Warriors players: Anthony Randolph and Monta Ellis.

Odom's comments specifically were a huge surprise.

"It's like looking in the mirror a little," Odom said about Randolph. "He's also 6-foot-11, he's left-handed and he can put the ball on the floor. He's two times as athletic as I was at that age.

"He should set his goals high. He has All-Star potential, Hall-of-Fame potential, with that size, his ability to put the ball on the floor, he can shoot the three, he can pass. If he stays focused, the sky is the limit for him."

For a rookie that has been having on an up-and-down season with Warriors head coach Don Nelson, this is a huge praise coming from an established player in this league.

Yet, Nelson and Larry Riley were in talks of trading Randolph and Warriors' rebounding star Andris Biedrins for disgruntled Amare' Stoudemaire.

The Black Mamba had some words of his own directed to Ellis.

"He's phenomenal," Bryant said of Ellis. "He's one of my favorites in the league to watch.

"He's still explosive. I don't care what people say up here. They're not guarding him. He is quick. He can elevate, finish at the rim and he can shoot. I'm really excited to see him develop as his career goes on."