Lakers’ LeBron James Replies to Anthony Davis’ ‘Sh** Defense’ Comments

Published 01/11/2021, 5:45 AM EST
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates with forward Anthony Davis after a play during the third quarter against the Miami Heat in game two of the 2020 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers went back to the top of the Western Conference standings courtesy of LeBron James with their 120-102 win over the Houston Rockets. It is their 2nd consecutive win after losing to the San Antonio Spurs post which Anthony Davis called out the team for their languid defending.

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That loss had upset the star forward with his team and he did not fail to voice his opinions in the post-game interviews and said, “Our defense was shit tonight. We didn’t play one lick of defense and guys did whatever they want.”

Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) reacts in the third quarter against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers responded to this on the court. And after the game against Houston, a reporter asked LeBron if he appreciated Anthony Davis‘ outspokenness.

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“He’s a captain. He’s one of the two captains that we have, including myself and he can voice any opinion that he will like. Any facts that he likes for a ball club because one thing about him, whatever he says, he’s gonna apply to himself as well. He is holding himself accountable,” LeBron said. “So when he holds us accountable, we hold him accountable, and he holds himself accountable and vice versa. So, you know, AD can say whatever he wants because it’s all for the betterment of our team. And we are responsive to that. So, we thought that was right on point.”

Oct 11, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; 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

Can LeBron James win his 5th MVP?

‘King James’ is on a roll with 24 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 7.7 assists to his name in 32.5 minutes of on-court action. Since the early season MVP favorite Luka Doncic has been a bit inconsistent, LeBron is now the leading candidate for the gong.

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Bron put on a show against Houston with this one-handed full-court pass to KCP that carved their defense. KCP went ahead and slammed the bucket in.

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After being seemingly robbed of his 5th MVP trophy last season, Bron is leaving no stone unturned this time around. Hence, he is leading his team on and off the court effectively yet again. Luka has his work cut out ahead of him if he wishes to win his maiden MVP trophy.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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