Lakers’ Assistant Coach Unveils How LeBron James Contributed to Anthony Davis’ Growth

Published 02/06/2021, 10:18 AM EST
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis celebrates with forward LeBron James after a play during the third quarter against the Miami Heat in game one of the 2020 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


If there is pressure on any team, it is the Los Angeles Lakers. They are hoping to make another run for the NBA Championship this season, and it looks like they are headed in the right direction. They are standing second in the Western Conference with a 17-6 record, struggling to snatch the first position from the Utah Jazz. However, Anthony Davis’ performance seems to have regressed a little since last season. Lakers’ fans also want to see the LeBron James and AD wreak havoc.

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How LeBron James has a hand in teammate’s growth

To have a feel of what James and Anthony Davis‘ chemistry is like, James Posey asked Phil Handy how he thinks LeBron’s presence affected AD’s growth and the latter’s transition from New Orleans Pelicans to the Lakers. “Oh man, tremendously,” Phil said. “The impact that they’ve had on each other Pose, has been tremendous.

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“You know, I think at AD pushes Bron just as much as Bron pushes AD. And the respect level that they have for each other. And a really, really high level of just respecting each other’s skill set, respecting what they bring to the game, and then just you know, respecting each other’s space as superstars, right,” he further explained.

“You can tell man, that they just genuinely like each other. They get along, on and off the floor.” Talking about AD’s transition into the team, he said, “It was seamless. He came in and fit right in. And that was a unicorn man. He is a unicorn.”

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) celebrate during the fourth quarter in game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsMandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Handy sees immense potential in Anthony Davis

Right after this, Handy couldn’t stop himself from praising Davis. He stated, “No disrespect to any other dudes in league. But when AD really understands who he is as a player, and what his skill set, what his true skill set is. He’s the best player in the league hands down.

“Just because of his size, his ability to play inside, outside, he can handle the ball, he dominates on defense. He is a unicorn bro,” he concluded.

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Well, AD might not be at his best right now, but there is no doubt Bron can rely on him during crucial moments of the game. Will this dynamic duo be able to bring another title for the Lakers?

Read also- Where Does LeBron James Live? All That We Know About His Massive and Luxurious Villa

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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