The Lakers will only be as good as Anthony Davis’ health allows them to be.
If he is healthy, they will have a shot at a championship. If he is his usual brittle self, that will mean everything will fall on LeBron and therefore, he will start breaking down as well.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, new Lakers head coach Darwin Ham told LeBron in a meeting that Anthony Davis was going to be focal point of offense.
Ham agreed with James and reiterated that his main objectives are to hold everyone accountable and foster an atmosphere of selflessness, sources said. He voiced that defensive tenacity needs to be picked up all across the roster and also forewarned that players would have to play new roles and if he sensed reluctance, he wouldn’t hesitate to remove them from the game, sources said.
Furthermore, the first-year head coach said one wrinkle he will implement and stick with is having the offense run through Anthony Davis, and James concurred, sources said. The team has been encouraged with Davis’ offseason progression and believe he’ll be in optimum shape to avoid serious injuries and carry a heavier load.
The team is also hopeful for a corner-3 shooting percentage bump from Russell Westbrook next season, sources said.
As for roster tinkering, Pelinka explained patience will be key in any potential moves the team makes, sources said. In a collaborative effort, all parties appear to be aligned on a common vision of seeing how the roster plays out before any drastic moves are sought.
I understand wanting to make AD the focal point, but I totally disagree with making Russell Westbrook sit in the corner and hit threes.
That simply isn’t going to work.
You are going to have to let Russ be Russ but try to harness it the best you can.
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