Alex Caruso doesn’t mind being out of the spotlight — and that’s what makes his in-game connection with LeBron James possible. The two Los Angeles Lakers stars reportedly share one of the highest plus-minus numbers as a duo in the NBA. Moreover, the first in net rating (20.8) amongst all the duos who played at least 300 minutes together this season.
In an interview for The Athletic, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard shares the secret to his floor chemistry with the four-time NBA MVP.
“Well, LeBron is really good. I’ve joked around with Quinn before that, hey, you want to be on the court when LeBron goes on those personal 10-0 runs. That helps the plus/minus a little bit. But I just think we have good chemistry. We both know how to read defenses and take advantage of mistakes. He’s obviously on a different level than I am, but I do a really good job of it as well. And I recognize how teams play him and play off that. I think we complement each other pretty good.”
This is not the first time the two players recognized their play-making harmony. In an interview with Zach Lowe, Alex Caruso said that one of the biggest milestones of the two’s on-and off-the-court relationship involved him gaining the 16-time All-Star’s trust. LeBron James doesn’t shy away from praising his connection with Caruso as well.
While Caruso’s success, for a large part, has been tied to team’s superstar, it’s crucial for any team to have players who live and die by the principles of healthy competition. And more importantly, recognize greatness — even when it’s not theirs — when they see it.
With LeBron and Caruso’s unique chemistry — or the now famed Alex Caruso LeBron James pairing, as we can call it — the Lakers remain to be a force to reckon with for the rest of the NBA season. They currently lead the Western Conference at 49-14.