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Lakers' Wagner screams potential, but is still cutting his teeth on defense

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Miami's Bam Adebayo backed into Moe Wagner near the basket but never got the ball airborne as the Los Angeles Lakers rookie stripped it away. The ball rolled toward the first row of seats, and the referee awarded possession to the Heat.

"Nooooo!" Wagner screamed. "Come on!"

It was the latest - and typical - emotional outburst from Wagner, the first-round draft pick chosen 25th overall in June.

In his first professional action, a three-game California Classic summer-league series in Sacramento, he

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