Lakers’ LeBron James opens up about defending Giannis Antetokounmpo
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers secured perhaps their best win of the season on Friday night at the Staples Center with the team getting the best of Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.
One of the main reasons for the Lakers’ success against arguably the best team in the league was the impressive play of LeBron James. The three-time NBA champion put on a show in front of the Lakers faithful dropping a game-high 37 points on the team with the best record in the league.
With Anthony Davis getting in foul trouble very early in this game, James had to step up defensively by guarding the reigning NBA MVP at times during this showdown between conferences heavyweights. LeBron spoke about having to guard one of the toughest covers in the league on Friday.
“My sidekick right here [Anthony Davis], he picked up a couple of fouls, and it was my opportunity to just take the challenge,” LeBron said. “I didn’t want him to get another one. Even though he ended up getting another anyways. Just taking the challenge and taking the responsibility on the defensive end. That’s what it all came down to.”
At this point in the season, the Lakers have the top seed in the Western Conference to lose and their best player playing his best basketball of the 2019-20 campaign. The perennial All-Star talked about his recent dominance on the offensive end after another game surpassing the 30-point mark.
“It’s all just predicated on how the defense is guarding me or what I see throughout the course of the game,” LeBron said. “I never predetermine what I’m going to do. I take the gaps when they’re there. If I get a double team, I try to find the right man and not turn the ball over and kind of read and react.”
With the Lakers taking down arguably the best team in the league, James opened up about what it means to get this win and what the team can take from it moving forward.
“We’ve learned from every game that we’ve played this year; both wins and losses,” James said after beating the Bucks. “You’ve got to have a growth mindset, and you’ve got to be able to grow in losses and be able to grow in wins as well and see things that you could’ve done better. Things that you did well that you can apply to the next game and things of that nature. It’s always a growth mindset for our club.”