Davis stuffed the stat sheet Tuesday night with 37 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists and 2 blocks in Los Angeles’ 120-107 win over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers.
“That’s why I wanted him here,” says James.
“In order to get a great talent like Anthony Davis, you have to give up something great,” [owner Jeanie] Buss said. “But to have Anthony Davis as a Laker really is just … he’s even more impressive than I ever thought he would be. And so, it’s exciting what we have.”
For James, his recognition of Davis’ potential value to the franchise started long before Buss’ remarks.
“It’s everything I expected and more,” James said. “Obviously, that’s why I wanted him here. When you get a generational talent like that and you got an opportunity to get him, you just try to do whatever you can to get him.
“I gave my opinion on what I thought he could bring to this franchise. I gave my thoughts about the player — but not only the player, the person. Hopefully, they took my advice to heart. And obviously, ultimately they made the decision to do what we did in the offseason. It’s no surprise to me.”
“I already knew how incredible the guy is,” James continued. “He had 50 [points] in the All-Star Game. You know, 30s, 20s, 40s and 20s he had when he was with the Pelicans and just doing the things he was doing at that size, there’s not too many guys who have done that in this league.”