Is Anthony Davis #1 attacking option on a championship team?
The Lakers made a big bet on trading Davis—both good young players and picks—that he could help them win the title now and be a bridge to the future.LeBron James. Davis was everything the Lakers hoped for in the bubble and actually won them. banner №17. However, he did not stay healthy and did not always live up to that standard.
New Lakers coach Darwin Ham bets on Davis again and this season he’s going to put more attacks through him. LeBron James is reportedly supportive of Ham. Will Davis be able to stay healthy, get back in shape and be that bridge to the future? IIf he can’t, the Lakers will have to rethink their plans after LeBron leaves. That’s why Davis is under pressure this season.
Davis is excited to prove he’s ready for the role. he told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.. He added that LeBron is pushing him to do it.
“I’m so excited I get goosebumps just thinking about this year,” Davis told Yahoo Sports this week. “I am looking forward to a healthy year and will do what I know we can do.”…
Davis said James, 37, told him he would take over the reins of the team while the rest of the roster followed suit.
The first step for Davis is option number one: stay healthy. He played 40 games last season and 36 the year before. Although this was partly due to accidental injuries, the history of Davis’s absence is long.
When he’s healthy, Davis is undeniably an elite player – to use the bubble example, Davis was a guard in Orlando who knocked down jumpers from mid-range after going head-to-head, averaging 27.7 points at 66.5 percentage of accurate hits, as well as gaining 9.7 rebounds per game. That’s the kind of publicity the Lakers need this season.
It can be a lot of pressure, but Davis said he doesn’t feel it.
“But for me, I don’t put any pressure on myself at all,” Davis said at the press day. “I will go there and play basketball, work hard, defend and do what the team needs to win basketball games. I’m not going to think too much and, you know, listen to what everyone else has to say and try to be ‘what’ they want me to be.”
“Whoever the Lakers would like Davis to be, he is one of the top 10 players in the world, which he has repeatedly shown in Los Angeles. If he can be consistent, this Davis will help the Lakers become a bigger threat in the West. If Davis can’t be that guy, it could be another long season for the Lakers Nation.
The Boston Celtics handled the investigation and suspension of Ime Udoki in accordance with corporate guidelines: they kept the woman’s name out of the news, kept details confidential (even without revealing much to players for legal reasons), and acted quickly and decisively.
But as the team on the court begins to defend their Eastern Conference title, there is concern that leaked details about the investigations – and the responses to those leaks – could turn this into a season-long drama and distract the team. It started with On Friday, when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported it:
An independent law firm investigated Boston Celtics coach Ima Udoki, which found that he used strong language in his dialogue with a female subordinate prior to her having an inappropriate relationship in the workplace, which greatly contributed to the severity of his year’s punishment. suspension, sources told ESPN.
These findings of the investigation, which described verbiage on Udoka’s part, which was deemed particularly concerning coming from a supervisor in the workplace, contribute to what is likely to be a difficult path back to his reinstatement as a Celtics coach in 2023, sources told ESPN. .
A few thoughts here.
• “Rough language” is just part of a more detailed and revealing report, league sources told NBC Sports. An independent investigation revealed much more, including about the power dynamics in the game. It’s enough that the Celtics felt the best move was to suspend the player-loved coach who led the team to the NBA Finals for the entire season (not something the Celtics organization did lightly).
• As Wojnarowski and others have pointed out, it’s unlikely that Udoka will return as Celtics coach next season, even if it’s not yet official.
• While some pundits and league officials say the Udoka is “finished,” the NBA has seen unexpected changes before. Never say never in this league.
• The only thing that can be said for sure is that this story is not over yet.
Damian Lillard could have done what a lot of NBA stars did—what a lot of them told him when they recruited him—and decided to stay in Portland. He wants to be remembered as the greatest Trail Blazer of all time.
A good way to do this is to become the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. Sometime around Thanksgiving or so, Lillard will do just that, leading Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler to 18,040 points (Lillard is 531 behind).
Chris Haines of Yahoo Sports spoke to Lillard about when he knew the record was within reach, during the Trail Blazers’ training camp in Santa Barbara, California (go gauchos!). This was when Lillard scored 10,000 points.
“I was like, ‘Damn, did I get 10,000 already?’ Lillard told Yahoo Sports that he was reminiscing at the time. “This was my sixth season in the league. That’s when I started to think that if I was consistent, I could score 20,000 points. For a scorer, 20,000 points is always considered a special mark. From that moment I realized that it was possible, but also when I first researched Clyde Drexler. [scoring] recording with the team.
Drexler does a good job of getting passed by Lillard.
“We all know that records are made to be broken, but I can’t think of a better player or person to break a record than Dam,” Drexler told Yahoo Sports. “He is an example of a team player and professionally doing his job. I have nothing but admiration and respect for him. When he’s close to getting the tape, and if our schedules match up, I’ll be happy to be there to help in any way I can. This is a good milestone to reach. I’m looking forward to when he does.”
This season, Lillard is on the watch list of many front office staff, like “how long will it take before he gets unhappy and asks for a trade?” The thing is, Lillard has been on this list for years, and he keeps choosing Portland — he’s not going to leave. Sure, a $120 million renewal and a retooling of the roster around him helped make that decision, but Lillard always had other options if he wanted them (and at times it looked like he would take them).
Trail Blazers brought Straw Grantre-signed by Anfreni Simons, and will supply them with a solid core of others such as (finally healthy) Yusuf Nurkic, Josh Hart, Gary Payton II and others. It’s a good lineup, the question is how good is it in the deep west?
There are a lot of questions about how Portland will play out this season, but one thing seems certain: Lillard is the Trail Blazers’ all-time leading scorer. And it seems appropriate.