LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers took down the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night. The 128-112 victory proved the Lakers can compete with one of the top teams in the West. But James didn't do it all alone. The Lakers had help from budding stars Austin Reaves and Rui Hachimura. The duo for over 50 points, assisting the team in a massive way. After the game, James was asked about the performance by Reaves. For James, he knew it was something the guard was always capable of.
"I knew from the first practice that we had when we grabbed him that he wasn't gonna be a two-way player for long... I'm extremely happy for him. I want him to do it again." James claims he knew of Reaves' talents the first time the two shared the floor together. James' basketball IQ has long been shown to be of the elite. However, knowing that Reaves would be an incredible talent from day one is an incredible statement by James. Reaves has been a very bright spot for the franchise during their playoff push.
LeBron James Always Believed In Reaves
The Lakers will need to continue to see these kinds of performances from Reaves. While James and Anthony Davis are the focal points of the team. But having a third option in Reaves or Hachimura will go a long way in the team's playoff success. However, James' so-called premonition about Reaves brought back many great moments from social media on The King's comments about past knowledge. James has been known to claim he knew something before it happened on several occasions.
No matter when James knew it, Reaves is becoming a star. Many were out on the Los Angeles Lakers one week into the regular season. But now the team is looking like it could compete for a Western Conference title. However, being the seventh seed does come at a price. In order for the Lakers to make it to the mountaintop, they will need to be a good team every step of the way. Can LeBron James lead the Lakers to their second title since his arrival? Or are the Lakers catching a break with an injured Grizzlies team? Let us know your thoughts on the Lakers playoff hopes in the comment section. For the latest NBA news, keep it right here with HNHH.