Lakers’ Anthony Davis Reveals LeBron James’ Priority & It’s Not The MVP Trophy

Published 02/26/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward Anthony Davis (left) talks to Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the second half against the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


Lakers’ LeBron James has been the best player in the NBA for some time. His individual accolades speak for themselves. Despite being 36-years-old, Bron is putting up a show this season and is one of the favorites to win what could be his fifth NBA MVP trophy.

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Coming into the season, pundits expected James to miss the first half of the season. But the 36-year-old has defied all those expectations and hasn’t missed a single game.
This season is now being named as the revenge season for LBJ, and rumor has it that he is determined to win his fifth MVP trophy. But teammate Anthony Davis has rubbished those talks. In a recent interview with the Athletic, Davis explained that the 36-year-old is not focused on the regular season trophy but prefers the championship trophy.

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Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel (right) talks to his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the Lakers 96-94 loss to the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
AD said, “I know that that man does not care about MVP awards. He cares about championships. So if he loses the MVP and wins the championship like he did last year, he doesn’t care. So that’s what his mindset is, he’s not focused on MVPs. He’s focused on Finals MVPs.”
The duo of James and Davis face a massive challenge this season, with teams like the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers getting stronger.

Can the Lakers repeat this season?

The champions aren’t having the best of regular seasons with injuries to key players like Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder. Without their two stars, the Lakers have lost four games in a row while piling on the minutes on LeBron James.

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With Davis and Schroder absent from the roster, the champions look like a shadow of themselves. Without Davis, they do not have a dominant presence in the paint and a prominent shot blocker aiding their defense. They will be wary of Davis’ injury and won’t be taking any risk of rushing his return.
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Feb 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) leads his teammates in a cheer before a game against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The impact of AD’s absence is pretty apparent in the four losses as well, since the team has been pretty leaky on defense. But Schroder’s loss has arguably been the most understated problem. Without Schroder, the Lakers are overly dependent on LeBron James as the primary distributor.

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The Lakers might look fragile now, but there is no doubt that they will be back to being one of the best teams if not the best team in the league.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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