EL SEGUNDO, CA – Well, the Los Angeles Lakers are officially on notice for the 2019-2020 NBA season. It’s time for Lebron James, Anthony Davis and Co. to go to work. The stakes could not be much higher than the revved up hype the Lakers have gotten since they added Davis to the roster.
Davis pairing up with Lebron James seems like a real go, in terms of considering the Lakers as one of the favorites to contend for an NBA championship.
But first, the Lakers have to reach the playoffs, something Los Angeles has not done since the 2012-2013 season when they were swept in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs. The Lakers very well might have managed to push their way into the postseason if James, in his first season with the team, had not missed significant time due to a groin injury.
With Davis sharing the court with James, the Lakers are hoping that their six-year playoff drought is a thing of the past. The last time the team won an NBA title was the 2009-2010 season when the Lakers, behind Kobe Bryant, defeated the Boston Celtics, 4-3, in a seven-game series. Rajon Rondo, the Lakers’ current point guard, was on that Celtics squad.
So, you might have to excuse the Lakers if they seem a little thirsty to revive that championship feeling again. Bryant had Pau Gasol by his side when the Lakers knocked off the Celtics. The dynamic duo of James and Davis might be able to bring that title magic back to the Lakers, although players sort of sidestepped talking about that subject.
James paid Davis a great compliment saying that whatever the Lakers do should run through Davis, according to longtime CBS reporter Jim Hill.
“I’m excited just to get started,” said Davis. “I can’t wait until tomorrow [training camp practice] to be around these guys, knowing that we are going to be a step closer to its all for real. I’m excited about the opportunity to work with this coaching staff, to be here, and then for what Lebron said…It’s very kind of him. We’re gonna…I think, feed off of each other tremendously. I think we’re two guys who are very selfless who just want to win. When you have two guys like that it makes both of our jobs a lot easier. Again, we have other guys around us who also want to win and help us along the way.”
Besides Davis, what’s new with the Lakers is that old has replaced the shiny new toys. Old-schools vets like Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley, and Danny Green have replaced upstarts like Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart. In his second season, James is now the anchor of a veteran-laced squad as opposed to leading the way for a lot of younger players.
“I think I’m going to fit perfectly fine alongside Lebron and [Anthony] Davis,” Green said. “They’re superstars, very good at attacking and getting to the basket; pretty much doing everything. A lot of teams try to double-team them, and if have floor space, it’s really hard to double-team them. So my job, really, is to place defense and space the floor, make it easier to operate one-on-one.”
With that said, James, Davis, and the [older guys] made their way to the podium, one-by-one, to speak to reporters about the upcoming season. As media day made its way to the Los Angeles practice facility in El Segundo on Friday, Sept. 27, Lakers players seemed to be upbeat talking about team expectations and personal goals.
The first order of business, after general manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Frank Vogel spoke to reporters, was having a well-sculpted James address the media. After having spending downtime with his family and working on personal projects such as the reboot of Space Jam (Space Jam 2), James said he feels rejuvenated.
“It was a great summer for me,” James said. “I got an opportunity to spend a lot of time with my family, friends. shot a movie..Space Jam, that I’m truly excited about. [It] will be great. I also got an opportunity to put in a lot of work on my game, and take care of my body, be able to refresh my body, reset my body. It was a great summer for me. It was long, something that I haven’t been accustomed to in the last previous years. [But]] you take each day, and I enjoyed each day that I had.”
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