‘Does It All’: Lakers’ Marc Gasol Opens Up on LeBron James’ Leadership in Absence of Anthony Davis

Published 02/17/2021, 5:00 AM EST
Jan 28, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for a shot against Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (24) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will have their hands full over the next few weeks. With Anthony Davis sidelined due to an injury, the Lakers’ supporting cast needs to step up in his place.

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Tonight, the purple and gold faced off against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The game ended in a 112-14 victory for the LA Lakers as LeBron James had yet another stunning game. LBJ finished the fixture with 30 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 13-of-20 from the field.

Needless to say, the purple and gold are in fine form and they adjusted pretty well to fill in the wide gap left by Anthony Davis. But can the reigning champions maintain this form for their upcoming games as well?

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Lakers’ Marc Gasol on LeBron James’ leadership

In the post-game interview, Lakers center Marc Gasol shared his thoughts on the recipe for success for his team in the absence of AD. Gasol said, “It’s important to grow as a team. I think defensively, we had a little bit more urgency. You don’t have AD on the back, kind of saving a lot of possessions… So we set the tone, we were winding up the ball, we were able to get out and run a little bit and get easy transition points.”

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) watches from the bench in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Gasol further talked about LeBron stepping up and shouldering a larger burden in the absence of Davis. Gasol said, “He does it all, very unselfish, great mind, has all the tools. Happy he’s on my team or I’m on his team [laughs].”

Marc Gasol discusses the importance for the #Lakers to set the tone early and @KingJames' leadership. pic.twitter.com/gvC3RFmStC

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As Gasol mentioned earlier, LeBron is one of the most complete players the league has ever seen. He is excellent on both ends of the floor and can switch gears whenever required. Tonight, fans witnessed his capabilities as a leader, even at the age of 36.

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Until AD returns, Laker fans should expect more of the same from King James. What are your thoughts on the Lakers’ performance tonight? F

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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