LeBron James and Anthony Davis are stars of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Los Angeles Lakers finished 2019 with a 26-7 record. Winners of two in a row, LA is still in first place at the Western Conference of the NBA.
The Lakers have goals in the championship and the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers stand in their way.
In recent years, LA has been building their team.
That project began with NBA free agency in 2018 when the Lakers signed NBA All Star LeBron James to a four-year, $ 154 million deal to be the face of the franchise.
After being injured by injuries to him last season, this LBJ is running and firing as the Lakers’ starting point guard begins and King is unstoppable.
For home-keeping points: James, who turned 35 on Tuesday, averaged 25.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 10.8 assists and 1.3 steals per contest.
James is one of six players to return from the Lakers team last year. That list includes Kyle Kuzma, JaVale McGee, Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso.
During the offseason, the Lakers also included vets by trading free agency with current injured DeMarcus Cousins, rookie Talen Horton-Tucker Dwight Howard, Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Jared Dudley, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels and Anthony Davis.
Davis came through trading from the New Orleans Pelicans and lit the stat sheet. The 6 big men through Kentucky are posting 27.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.5 blocks per game.
Davis told me earlier that his goal was to win an NBA Championship with the Lakers and was awarded the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year.
NBA free agent Jamal Crawford recently told me that Davis could ‘absolutley’ win it too.
“Their team is number one,” he said. “Their defensive ratings are on the chart. I think he’s the interpreter for it. He is proud of trying to lock anyone down and I respect it.”
In a recent episode of the Scoop B Radio Podcast, I checked in with Lenny Cooke comparing Anthony Davis to a future hall of familiar San Antonio Spurs legend, Tim Duncan.
“He reminds me of a Tim Duncan, Wake Forest kind of guy,” Cooke said.
“Not emotional all the time, not showing emotion, just starting work.”
Currently a member of the ABA’s Camden Monarchs, last fall Cooke was ranked as a better high school basketball player than LeBron James, retired NBA Amare Stoudemire and Portland Trail Blazers forward, Carmelo Anthony.
Cooke, 37, an Atlantic City, NJ native of Brooklyn, NY was a stats stuffer in high school and in her junior year of high school at Northern Valley High School in Old Tappan, NJ, she averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. He seems primed to make a splash in the NBA – at a time when high school players often declare for draft after graduation. He has never made it to the league and his story is well-documented in the documentary, Lenny Cooke by NBA free agent Joakim Noah.
Meanwhile back at the ranch: Cooke told Scoop B Radio that the sky was the boundary for Anthony Davis because he was playing alongside LeBron James. “He’s a monster,” Cooke told me.
“But it also helps when you have the greatest basketball player on your team, who runs the floor, it makes you run the floor, you know what I mean? They feed each other. And that’s what makes them so good. now. “
Cooke was not the only hoops name to make the comparison with Anthony Davis / Tim Duncan.
NBA player Tim Thomas also sees it. “A little Tim Duncan,” Thomas told the Scoop B Radio Podcast.
“But it’s a bit of a struggle. Shoot the 3-ball a little bit. Tim is just solid and AD has spent the rest of his career being solid.”
That’s a high compliment. Duncan’s 15-time NBA All Star and one of the best power forwards to ever play in the NBA.
He has won five NBA Championships, been named an NBA Finals MVP three times and won the regular season MVP award twice in the NBA.
The 7-footer was also named to the NBA’s All-NBA First Team ten times.
Anthony Davis, 26, is also making moves. He was selected to three All-NBA First Teams and was selected to the All NBA Defensive-First Team.
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