Lakers’ LeBron James reacts to Anthony Davis saying he wants to hold him accountable on defense
James wasn’t his usual elite self on defense last season for the Lakers. Davis, who also said he wants to be Defensive Player of the Year this season, wants to make sure he does everything he can to help LeBron make an All-Defensive team with him.
James, who has made an All-Defensive team six times in his career, loves what he’s hearing from Davis.
“I love it. I love a challenge, and for AD to set that standard — like everyone’s talking like how great the Lakers can be offensively and the combined points per game from AD and LeBron and what they can accomplish — and then you have AD say I wanna be a Defensive Player of the Year alongside a guy who’s been a Defensive Player of the Year in Dwight Howard. A guy JaVale McGee who is a defensive guy. Avery Bradley, who’s a defensive guy. KCP, Danny Green. Danny Green, first-team All-Defense last year,” James told Spectrum Sports Net.
“Okay, so, I love that. I got whatever is needed for the team.”
The Lakers are going to be hard to defend with LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the charge. If Davis can get James to play high-level defense, the Purple and Gold could cruise through the rugged Western Conference since they’ll be difficult to score on.
James averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 55 games last season for the Lakers. Davis, meanwhile, put up 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.4 blocks in 56 games with the New Orleans Pelicans.