AD says LBJ is happy to “play the second guy” in Los Angeles.
Davis and James instantly—and perhaps surprisingly—established chemistry on the court.
“I didn’t think we were going to be able to connect this fast just because of the fact he had a lot of stuff going on this summer with ‘Space Jam ,’ so we didn’t get a lot of time to work out together,” Davis said. “Then we hit a short training camp and had to go to China, and all that stuff, so I’m surprised that we’ve got a little connection right now.”
The Lakers are [an NBA-best] 9-2 and have been among the best defensive teams in the league, with James racking up triple-doubles.
Even if Davis is not the MVP favorite at this point, just being in the conversation indicates a smashing success — it means that James is drawing top-level play out of the younger star.
“I’m trying to win much more than an MVP, man,” Davis said, playing down the notion. “It’s early in the season, obviously; if the MVP comes, it comes. If the Defensive Player of the Year comes, it comes. But the entire team’s main goal is to win a championship, and we’re trying to just stay in the moment right now.”