Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James says over the course of his career he has played with some great names and his current teammate Anthony Davis is definitely one of those big-time players. Last offseason, the Lakers traded a number of their talented assets and several draft picks to bring seven-time NBA All Star Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans.
James, a four-time NBA MVP, won two titles with the Miami Heat, where he formed a strong duo with Dwyane Wade, and he also won one title with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he was accompanied by Kyrie Irving. "I've had some great teammates in my career," James said.
"AD is one of those unicorns, and he does things that some of my other great teammates are not capable of doing."
James admits this season has been mentally challenging
Three-time NBA champion James has stated that is the hardest championship run for him considering all the circumstances that have transpired over the last year.
"I mean, it started from training camp, to preseason, traveling abroad, to entering the New Year, the tragic death obviously of Kobe [Bryant] and those victims on that helicopter, to the stop of the season, to players getting injured, [Rajon] Rondo going down for a big piece of the year, to the restart, not having our brother Avery Bradley here," James said.
"And so on and so on. I don't even know. It just feels like it's been three or four different seasons [in one], so I know what we're capable of. I know how we're built." Davis scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 111-88 and even the series at one game apiece.
"Tonight," James said, "AD was magnificent." Meanwhile, Lakers guard and 2013 NBA Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith has yet to play a second in the series against the Trail Blazers but he is okay with it.
"Fortunately, one thing at 34 is I’ve learned my role as a player and person,” Smith said, per Lakers Nation. “I know who I am and I’m very confident with that. Whether it be out there for 35 minutes or I don’t play at all, I know my contribution to the team is just as well if I didn’t play, because of my communication and what I’ve seen.
“I’m in a fortunate position to whether I do play I can have an impact, or if I don’t play I can pretty much make the same impact. It’s a great feeling”.