Anthony Davis has technically been a member of the Los Angeles Lakers since July 6, but he’s only been an active part of the team for less than a week. According to Davis, things have gone swimmingly during that time.
“It’s great so far. I feel very comfortable in our system, comfortable being here. It’s been great,” Davis said after practice on Tuesday. “It’s going to be fun all year. There’s always something new. Every practice we learn something new about each other as a team, so the more and more we get to learn each other, the more fun it will be.”
Davis has been especially pleased with how quickly the team is gelling, and credited Lakers head coach Frank Vogel for making the process naturally expeditious.
“Most of the stuff that we’re putting in, it’s the same stuff the whole league runs with different terminology and different actions out of it,” Davis said. “Coach has done a great job of just giving us a basic offense and letting us play out of it.”
Meanwhile, Vogel has paid all of that praise forward to his team for responding well to concepts. On Monday, Vogel said that the Lakers are adjusting to things better than “any team I’ve been a part of.”
“There is really very little that I’m going to introduce that they haven’t seen already, it’s just ‘this is what we’re going to call it, this is how we’re going to do it,’ and everybody goes in and executes,” Vogel said
However, as happy as Vogel is with how quickly as things are going, he doesn’t want to move any faster by taking shortcuts, something LeBron James said has said he doesn’t want to do either.
”I want to go as far along as we can at the right pace without skipping steps,” Vogel said. “I want to make sure we’re building it the right way, so you don’t want to introduce so much and not execute any of it. You want to make sure you’re doing it at the right pace.”
It’s early in training camp, but everyone seems to be on the same page. Hopefully that synergy carries well into the regular season.