Barring an unlikely trade request between now and when training camp starts in September, LeBron James and Anthony Davis will both suit up for the Los Angeles Lakers next season.
Between the two of them, they have 21 All-Star selections, 18 All-NBA selections, nine All-Defensive selections, four league MVPs and three NBA championships. Okay, the last two only apply to James, but the point still stands: These guys are really, really good, and they know they have the opportunity to be special together.
In an interview with Joe Vardon of The Athletic, Davis said that he’s anxious to take the court with his new superstar teammate:
“We’re excited to play with each other on a team, go out here and compete,” Davis said. “It’s something that’s special and it’s something that we definitely want to make sure we take advantage of while we’re both here.”
However, he also recognizes that he and James have a job to do and trusts that James will help him and the Lakers get there:
Davis, meanwhile, made it clear that, while he feels on secure, equal footing with LeBron, there’s something James has that he doesn’t, and he needs his new teammate to get it.
“Obviously there are some other great teams around the league, but winning a championship is not easy,” Davis said. “It’s very difficult. He knows that. I haven’t been down that path, but hopefully this year he can lead me down that path and we can win.”
Davis has only won one playoff series in his seven-year career, but he’ll have the opportunity to add a few more to his resume playing alongside James, who prior to last season had appeared in the eight straight NBA Finals.
To quote an infamous magazine cover: “Now this is going to be fun.”
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