The Los Angeles Lakers made the big-splash move to acquire Anthony Davis last offseason to push them into title contention. The Lakers have showcased to be among the top teams in the league behind their tremendous success. However, it’s been a more fruitful experience for Davis because of some sound advice Lebron James gave him.
Anthony Davis’ start to Lakers’ career
Since joining the Lakers last offseason, Anthony Davis has helped guide the team into being a powerhouse this season.
Davis has played a significant factor in taking Los Angeles to the next level as a potential title contender. He’s been a driving force alongside LeBron James with one of his best campaigns. The 27-year-old has been the team’s best scoring option averaging 26.7 points on 51.1% shooting while being in the thick of the Defensive Player of the Year conversation.
He has proven on the grander stage in Los Angeles to be one of the game’s best talents. Davis has worked exceptionally well alongside James from the get-go, which allowed the Lakers to zoom to likely the top spot in the Western Conference for the playoffs. However, there is a crucial lesson that he has learned from the four-time league MVP.
LeBron James’ keen advice to Anthony Davis
In Anthony Davis’ first season playing with LeBron James, he has taken away plenty of knowledge and lessons.
Among those he holds most valuable is how to deal with losing as Davis pointed out that James’ approach to that has changed his mentality, according to Tim Daniels of Bleacher Report.
“You know, I used to be so upset and so, like, down, when we lose a game,” he said. “And he’d be like, ‘I done lost in-season series to several teams. But when the playoffs come, it’s different.’ … For a guy who’s done it year after year after year after year, eight times in a row [in the NBA Finals] … if he’s not worrying, then I’m like, ‘All right, we’re fine.’ But once he starts getting a little upset, it’s like, ‘All right, we know it’s something that we need to fix.'”
James possesses a wealth of knowledge when it comes to his NBA experience over the last 16-plus seasons. He has gone through it all, especially dealing with losing at the highest level with losing six times in the NBA Finals. That has pushed a significant amount of criticism in his direction because of that.
The 35-year-old knows the pains and rigors that come with that territory, which only further hammers in the message for Davis. James has brought forth a level of leadership and guidance that the star forward has never had before in his career, and he’s taking full advantage of the situation.
Focused on vying for an NBA Title
The brief experience that Anthony Davis has had with the Lakers continues to be fruitful in many regards.
Above all else, it’s presented him the chance to compete for an NBA title as Los Angeles is held among the favorites. Davis’ play will be crucial in guiding the franchise to their 17th championship and his first. The Lakers possess a deep team with plenty of veterans whose experience could prove to be quite beneficial come playoff time.
Teams such as the LA Clippers, Houston Rockets, and Utah Jazz could all be potential hurdles in the Western Conference portion of the postseason. It will take Davis and James bringing their best performances to the playoffs to reach that ultimate goal. Those aspirations have been there all season long; now it’s time for them to go push through on the court.