Lakers coach Frank Vogel notices the instant chemistry between LeBron James, Anthony Davis
James and Davis are indeed becoming close friends. When Davis first joined the team this summer, James immediately invited him over for dinner. Now, a few Taco Tuesday’s later, the two stars are dominating on the court as well and continuing to build chemistry off of it:
“What I’m seeing here is how much they spend time together away from the basketball court,” Vogel told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. “And quite frankly, even in film sessions, in the locker room, it seems like the two of them are always together and just building that, that friendship. … I think LeBron’s just done everything in his power to make sure that he’s going out of his way to make sure Anthony’s comfortable with his new team.”
On paper, it was clear that the pairing of James and Davis in Los Angeles could lead to great things. However, the rate at which they’ve bonded has been a pleasant surprise.
Even Davis is impressed with how fast he and James have managed to come together:
“I didn’t think we were going to be able to connect this fast just because of the fact he had a lot of stuff going on this summer with ‘Space Jam ,’ so we didn’t get a lot of time to work out together,” Davis said. “Then we hit a short training camp and had to go to China, and all that stuff, so I’m surprised that we’ve got a little connection right now.”
Pshh … a little connection? A modest approach from Davis, who’s playing great despite dealing with some nagging shoulder pain and now a rib injury. Just last week, he earned Western Conference Player of the Week.
Davis and James led the Lakers in Tuesday’s 123-115 win over the Phoenix Suns. The King had 19 points and a team-high 11 assists, while The Brow led the charge, scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma (season-high 23 points) came in clutch during the fourth quarter, knocking down a pair of triples to clinch the win.
With Tuesday’s win, the Lakers improved to 8-2 through their first 10 games of this season. They’ll look to close out their current back-to-back set with another victory on Wednesday night, when they’ll host the Golden State Warriors.