LeBron James and Anthony Davis have earned heaps of praise from their Lakers teammates this season for their leadership, and apparently, their leadership hasn’t stopped just because the NBA season is suspended.
In an interview with Chris McGee of Spectrum SportsNet on Thursday, Danny Green said that James and Davis are doing what they can to make sure that their teammates have a place to workout while gyms and team facilities are closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic:
“Bron is checking in on guys, AD’s checking in on guys to make sure and see if they have access to a gym or not, if they’re in town or not, if they’re able to come their way and get workouts in. Because, you know, he’s working out with his son like a mad man at least 4-5 times a week. He gives us that option. But a lot of guys here — most of them have gone home to their families — have found access to something to be able to stay in shape.”
While it’s unclear if Green got assistance from James or Davis, he said he’s found a place to get shots up. However, before that, he was forced to make do with what he had, which, according to him, was just a basketball:
“Before I was able to find a gym ... luckily, I had a basketball here. I had to get a pump to put some air in it, but I was able to just get a feel for the ball and actually — you know, what I did when I was a kid — lay on my bed and shoot, or a chair. Just shoot up at the ceiling just to get a feel for it; figuring out different ways just to get a feel for the ball, staying in shape.”
You hear that, kids? If you just lay in your bed with a basketball and shoot at the ceiling, you can be a 40.2% 3-point shooter in the NBA one day.
In all seriousness, it’s awesome to hear that James and Davis are using the resources they have as NBA superstars to help their teammates. There are obviously things that are much bigger than basketball going on in the world right now, but the Lakers still have ambitions of winning a championship this season, and they’ll have a good chance of doing that if they stay in shape and stay connected.
Now, it’s ultimately up to the individual players how much work they put in, but James, Davis and the Lakers’ training staff are doing what they can to keep the team sharp.