Lakers’ Anthony Davis Discusses Debut

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Anthony Davis, LeBron James
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Los Angeles Lakers superstar big man Anthony Davis is used to handling the majority of the workload for his team in order to have any success on the court, but after his debut with the Lakers at the Staples Center on Wednesday, Davis is realizing that things are different for him now.

Davis doesn’t have to do everything for his team.

“It takes a load off me,” Davis said after the Lakers’ 126-93 victory over the Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “It feels good knowing that you don’t have to do much. Everybody has a role, and when you have guys all over the board who can score the basketball, you don’t need to do everything every possession.”

Davis had a solid outing, posting 8 points, 8 assists, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks in his first game since spraining his right thumb early during their game last weekend against the Brooklyn Nets in China.

“He has seen multiple defenders for seven straight years in New Orleans. He is able to read the defense. He can create for himself any time,” Lakers’ forward LeBron James said of Davis.

“There are not many guys in our league that can affect the game the way AD does. He can score, rebound and pass. He just does it at a high level.”

“It doesn’t have to always go through LeBron like it has with teams past, and it doesn’t always have to go through AD,” Lakers’ head coach Frank Vogel said. “Quite frankly, even when those guys are out, I love the role players that we have and their ability to carry the load as well. Whether it’s having two lob threats, and playing the spread game. We’ve got a number of shooters out there that can make you pay when we force help, and there’s a lot of experience on our club, so hopefully the usage and workload will be spread out.”

James is also happy that the addition of Davis will help ease the load on him as well.

“My perspective, personally? It sounds good. It sounds good,” James said. “I saw a stat earlier today where I have 7,000 miles more than Vince Carter or something like that. He’s like seven years older than me.”

‘m born to have workload,” James added. “It is who I am, both on and off the floor.”

“We are just playing together, playing for each other,” Davis said. “It’s going to be a fun year, the way we are moving the basketball, the way we are playing defensively, helping each other out. It is going to be fun. We know it takes all of us to win. We are trying to set a standard right now.”

 

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