LeBron James turns candid when talking about the challenges of leading a Lakers side bereft of Anthony Davis for 4 weeks.
Ever since Anthony Davis had joined the Los Angeles Lakers, the team instantly became a ‘superteam’. After winning a championship in LeBron and Davis’ first year together, the team made some new acquisitions to make it a stronger team for repeating their last year’s success.
Apart from the rigorous league’s health and safety protocols, the Lakers are facing obstacles throughout the season. Lakers’ All-Star Anthony Davis, continues to be sidelined for the eighth game this season. Dennis Schroder has also missed the last two games.
It hasn’t been easy for him to lead his team to win matches without the huge support he used to receive from Davis. LeBron spoke about what he felt playing without AD:
“I think that’s what it all boils down to, and right now is another challenge for me, to be able to adjust. Not having AD for a long period of time is something that we haven’t had over the last year and a half, and now it’s time for me to adjust again and see ways I can be even more effective to help this team win ballgames. Because that is the sport that we’re in.”
‘I’ve always been a winner’: LeBron James is finding ways to win games without Anthony Davis
On Saturday night, in a rematch of the finals matchup, the Lakers hosted the Miami Heat. Behind Jimmy Butler’s 24-point and 8-rebounds performance, the Heat grabbed a 96-94 victory.
King James finished with a near triple-double scoring 19 points, grabbing 9 rebounds and collecting 9 assists. LeBron spoke about how the team needs to switch back to the winning ways they were used to. He said:
“We’re in the winning business, and I’ve always been a winner. So, it’s time to click into that.”
Despite the absence of Davis, the Lakers have managed to have the 3rd best record in the Western Conference. The Lakers are currently tied with the Clippers with a 22-9 record each.
The 17-time All-Star has been dominating the league despite being 36-years-old. He has been putting up MVP numbers this season, 25.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game. He has also been selected as a team captain for this year’s All-Star games.