After practice on Wednesday, Frank Vogel made the bold proclamation that Anthony Davis looked better in his protective eyewear than “anybody that’s ever worn them.” A big part of the reason it’s so bold is because there are two Lakers legends that famously wore goggles: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy, not to mention Kurt Rambis.
However, as bold of a statement as it was, Davis does look pretty damn good in his goggles. Not only that, but his hair and beard combo in addition to the goggles is eerily reminiscent of Abdul-Jabbar’s look, which inspired this Instagram post from LeBron James.
Ironically, Abdul-Jabbar has said that Davis is the only active player in the NBA that reminds him of himself. The Lakers are surely hoping that Davis enjoys as much as success in Los Angeles as Cap did. At the very least, they can hope he puts up a monster stat line while wearing those goggles when the season officially restarts on Thursday.
Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer did a really enjoyable breakdown of how Alex Caruso could help the Lakers with extended minutes and opportunities in Orlando. In short, he’s the GOAT (Caruso, not KOC , although he’s pretty great too).
No castle for the King
Since the Lakers entered the bubble, the overwhelming assumption has been that LeBron James is not staying in the same type of rooms as his teammates because, well, he’s LeBron James. Even other players have made jokes about James staying at a different place than the rest of the team.
Unfortunately, Alex Caruso put that conspiracy to rest in an interview on Complex Sports’ Load Management podcast:
“I mean, he’s right down the hallway. He’s like… he’s on the other side of the elevators. There’s like half our team over here, half our team’s over there. I don’t think … if he is, it’s not that much different.”
Even with Caruso’s eyewitness account, it’s still hard to believe that James is staying in that small room at the Gran Destino. If he is, there has to be a door to at least one adjoining room, right? Right?