“I thought he was great from the beginning of the game, just his offset on the offensive end,” LeBron James said of Davis.
It may only be the preseason, but the Lakers already are excited about how Anthony Davis looks on the court.
After leading Los Angeles to a 123-101 preseason win over the Warriors on Saturday, several Lakers reacted to the young forward’s 22-point first half.
“AD’s AD,” James said. “I thought he was great from the beginning of the game, just his offset on the offensive end just to be able to get us extra possessions with rebounding. Knocking down shots. I think he had like five dunks in the first half. And communication on the defensive end. He’s a very cerebral player. It was a good start for him.
“I think it’s never easy to build, but it’s been very good because of the relationship we had before we were teammates.”
LeBron James reflects on his return to the court in the Lakers’ preseason opener. pic.twitter.com/aDVM3woV4D
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 6, 2019
Davis was shooting 9-of-16 from the field and added 10 rebounds in 18 minutes on the court playing alongside veteran LeBron James for the first time since Los Angeles acquired Davis in a blockbuster offseason trade in June with the Pelicans.
“He’s a monster,” Vogel told reporters when asked about Davis. “It’s going to be very difficult to slow him down with what we had around him. I’m excited about what he’s going to do, and Lakers fan should be, too.”
The six-time All-Star impressed by showing instant chemistry with his teammates. Davis said he was “just trying to attack the offensive glass and be aggressive” while figuring out how to complement James.
“I haven’t played in a while, so I was just trying to do all the little things, and the ball ended up in my hands, so I just went up and dunked it and get myself going,” Davis said.
“We’re just trying to help each other out. The more we can do that, the easier the game is going to be for us and our teammates. Anytime we have an opportunity to learn, it’s good for us.”
Davis’ performance also sparked a reaction from Magic Johnson, who shocked the Lakers by abruptly stepping down as the team’s president in April, and forward Kyle Kuzma, who was sidelined with a foot injury.
Laker Nation, I just watched Lebron and Anthony Davis put on a show in the 1st quarter of the Lakers vs. Warriors exhibition game. Watch out rest of the NBA!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 6, 2019
— kuz (@kylekuzma) October 6, 2019