At Lakers Media Day this year, LA Lakers superstar LeBron James created quite a buzz by suggesting that the team now belongs to Anthony Davis. LeBron’s statement raised eyebrows, leading many to speculate about its deeper implications. The passing of this metaphorical torch has been a topic of discussion for some time, primarily because LeBron is entering his 21st season in the NBA, leaving fans to wonder how much longer he’ll grace the league. Recent hints of retirement from the King himself have only added fuel to these speculations, making it possible that his tenure with the Lakers could be nearing its conclusion.
However, not everyone is taking LeBron’s words at face value. ESPN NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith believes that there might be more to this torch-passing than meets the eye. Smith suggests that LeBron’s statement could be a subtle way of motivating Anthony Davis to step up in the upcoming season. LeBron has a history of using the media to convey messages to his teammates, and Smith thinks this instance might be no different – a cryptic call to action for Davis.
The crux of the matter is clear: for the Lakers to achieve their ultimate goal of winning an NBA championship, Anthony Davis must take on a more prominent role and perform at a level at least on par with LeBron. Davis’s consistency has been a point of concern, with his performance varying from game to game. Some nights, he shines as the best player in the world, while on others, he appears to be absent. This inconsistency is something the Lakers cannot afford this season, and LeBron seems to be signaling exactly that.
Recalling the Lakers’ 2020 NBA title, it’s evident that when Davis dominated and consistently performed as the best player on the court, the team clinched the championship. This season, they will need him to replicate that level of performance, and there’s no doubt that Davis possesses the capability to do so.