LeBron James Speaks On Lakers’ “Reality” Without Anthony Davis

LeBron James says that life will be “very difficult” for the Lakers without Anthony Davis.

BYCole Blake
LeBron James Speaks On Lakers’ “Reality” Without Anthony Davis

LeBron James says that life without Anthony Davis will be "very challenging" for the Los Angeles Lakers. James spoke about Davis's absence following the team's 124-115 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Christmas Day.

"Reality is, without AD, we lose a lot of length which we don't have already," James explained. "So we have to make up in ways that, without AD, is very difficult, very challenging. So, I think at one point we had a lineup of I think [Austin Reaves] was the tallest guy on the court."

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as they trail the LA Clippers during the fourth quarter in a 112-102 Clippers win during the LA Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

James continued: "So, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out [that Davis is sorely missed]."

Davis is currently out of the lineup while nursing a stress fracture in his right foot. Chris Haynes of Turner Sports reports that the team will reevaluate his health in two weeks.

"You throw everything up against the wall and see what sticks, " Lakers coach Darvin Ham explained. "It's one of those types of situations. AD's not here, not in the lineup. We're not going to start using that as an excuse. Hell yeah, it's a big hole in our lineup. But now, we're pros. We've got to step up."

LeBron James, Anthony Davis
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 23, 2022: Injured Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis chats with Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) on the bench during the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Crypto.com Arena on December 23, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

For the Lakers' Christmas Day loss, LeBron James finished with 38 points on 13-for-23 shooting. He has now played in the most Christmas Day games in NBA history with 17.

The Lakers have dropped four straight games in Davis' absence. The team is now 13-20 on the season, leaving them at 13th in the Western Conference standings.


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