Lakers’ Anthony Davis reveals one big lesson he has learned from LeBron James
Anthony Davis is back to playing for a juggernaut since last doing so for the Kentucky Wildcats during his lone college season before declaring for the NBA. The new Los Angeles Lakers forward has regained a sense of winning mentality and is also taking lessons from perennial winners like LeBron James, who has instilled some wisdom for The Brow.
Since Kobe Bryant’s death in late January, the Lakers have grown prepared to see tributes in his name every time they go on the road, as teams express their gratitude and condolences for the loss of the Lakers great.
Yet Davis has picked up a thing or two from his co-star King James in his brief time with the franchise:
“I learned that every time you go on the floor, you’re playing for something,” Davis told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “Anytime you go on the floor, you want to get a team’s best shot.
“People say the Lakers are not that good and in games that they shouldn’t be in, but this team that everybody wants to beat and you have a target on your back, you’re going to get every team’s best shot.”
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Davis also said he used to get really upset about losing games in the regular season, but LeBron has helped him realize it’s not always the end of the world and that it’s the playoffs that really matter .
James has played under huge pressure for most of his career, first with his Cleveland Cavaliers that rose to the top of the East, and then with the Miami Heat superteam that many expected would walk away with championships unopposed. His return to Cleveland to team up with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love only bolstered that pressure, one he kept upon his move to La La Land.
Now that Davis is a part of that equation, the Lakers will be judged as a powerhouse team and criticized as such, making Davis’ play all the more important to their success. Of course, while they’re trying to rack up as many regular-season wins as possible, what really matters is what happens in the postseason.