LeBron James states that the offense should run through Anthony Davis

LeBron James and Anthony Davis
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 24: Anthony Davis (L) and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers laugh while attending Game Four of the 2019 WNBA Playoff semifinals between the Washington Mystics and the Las Vegas Aces at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on September 24, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Mystics defeated the Aces 94-90 and won the series 3-1. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

We all knew that LeBron James would have been excited about the prospect of playing with Anthony Davis, but there was definitely one little concern. Would LeBron be fine with playing with arguably the most talented player he’s ever played with, resulting in possibly fewer statistics and shots coming his way?

LeBron James answered that at Media Day on Friday, saying this (transcribed from this video taken by Harrison D. Sanford):

“We all know how great Anthony Davis is, and if we’re not playing through Anthony Davis while he’s on the floor, then it makes no sense to have him on the floor because he’s that great. That doesn’t mean, like, every time down we throw it to him, throw it to him, and throw it to him but, we have the ability to do that. He’s been very efficient in his career. He commands double teams, and when you’re able to attract two defenders on one guy then you have the numbers game and you got a 4-on-3 on the backside so it opens it up for other guys on the floor including myself”

This was reported at one point, but LeBron casts no doubts with his own words, stating that it’s sort of pointless to trade almost the entire young core for Anthony Davis and then not use him as much as they can when he’s available. LeBron also goes into how using Davis as the focal point of the offense will create advantages for the Lakers, as Davis will most likely be doubled here-and-there throughout the season, making the numbers game open up for the Lakers to get shots for Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green, and LeBron James, himself.

Later, Anthony Davis was asked LeBron’s comments about the offense and had this to say (transcribed from the video below from Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN):

From what LeBron said…that’s very kind of him. I think we’re going to feed off each other, tremendously. I think we’re two guys who are very selfless and want to win. When we have two guys like that it makes our jobs a lot easier.

Thankfully, it sounds like our two superstars are on the same page! A very refreshing scenario given the last time the Lakers had two superstars on the team (looking at you, Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant).

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