The Los Angeles Lakers had a bad start of the new season, but they did beat the Portland Trail Blazers. It was a refreshing win and fans got really excited. Head coach Darvin Ham has to come up with the perfect winning formula. Will LeBron James change his role with the Lakers? The king of basketball could let Anthony Davis take the main role.
“We won a championship together,” LeBron said. “I think this is what, year four for us? I think, Maybe? Don’t need to have a talk with AD about if I come back you need to defer. No. AD be AD, and we’ll figure it out around him. I’ll figure it out, I’m ok with that, and I can do that. But, we’re gonna keep the ball in AD’s hands, and when he’s rebounding like he did tonight, he’s blocking shots, super engaged. It’s our job as a lot of the ball handlers, mine, Dias, Austin, Russ, to get him the ball, and we did that tonight.”
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LeBron and Davis have established a really good relationship. They are lethal when healthy, but both players missed a lot of time due to injuries.
Davis understood the assignment and delivered 27 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and a steal.
LeBron was advised to take this role change
Keith Smith and Adam Taylor discussed LeBron’s willingness to take a step back and let AD do the job.
“I think the Lakers if they wanna be the team they wanna be, not just this year, but over the next couple of years, LeBron has to start to ‘alright, this is AD’s team now,’ and start to take that step back. And then, he can still be LeBron when you need him to be,” Smith said. “But, the important part will be, if you only need him to be LeBron once outta every four or five games, that’s better than him trying to be old-school LeBron, two, three, four nights out of four. That’s where I think, you’ve gotta really let him start to use AD.”
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.