WATCH: Lakers’ Anthony Davis Messes Around With LeBron James While Standing Behind Him

Published 04/16/2021, 1:44 AM EDT
Feb 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) react to a play while on the bench in the second half of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers played another game without their star duo of Anthony Davis and LeBron James tonight. But not being on the court doesn’t mean they won’t be in the arena. They were present on the sidelines at the Staples Center, in the first game with fans in over a year.

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Usually a clip of them celebrating or coaching from the sidelines goes viral after each game. But tonight was a much lighter one. Before the game began, LeBron was speaking to GM Rob Pelinka. Just as Pelinka left, AD came from behind to approach Bron. As Bron was staring at the jumbotron.

AD noticed he was doing that and stood behind him, making funny expressions and just messing with him. Some fans believe he was saying something to LeBron, in which the four-time MVP wasn’t interested. But it also looked like he was hoping that the jumbotron caught them on camera so Bron could realize he’s behind him.

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This is just another example of how their relationship is. They have barely been teammates for over a season, but their bond is already so strong. This is also the reason Davis chose to commit to a long-term stay in LA. He wanted to play more with LeBron, while also being his successor.

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Despite the loss, Lakers fans will be ecstatic following their injury updates. After being out since February, AD has finally been cleared for full practice. He may still be a game or two away from playing, but this is a huge relief for the Lakers.

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“He was evaluated again upon the return from this trip, and he has been cleared for full, on-court activity,” Vogel said. “Full practice, anything we want to do with him to begin his full ramp-up and return to play. All the court work he’s been doing to this point has been to get him to be fully cleared to participate in full practice.”

Jan 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball during the first quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers have lacked an on-court leader in the absence of AD and Bron. So this will be a huge positive for them in the coming games. Although there is still no new update about LeBron’s return, having AD back will definitely help them to improve their form.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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