The new versions of the Lakers’ big three, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, are back together for a second season, but this time under the stewardship of new coach Darvin Ham.
And according to Ham, that trio was impressive during Monday night’s exhibition game against the Sacramento Kings at Crypto.com Arena.
Despite James missing all seven of his field goal attempts, Ham liked what he saw from the three-pointer.
“I thought it was great,” Ham said Monday night after the Lakers lost to the Kings 105-75. “They took the liberty of helping each other. Like I said, we have a three-way streak involving all three, a half-court play call, and I think they’re going to be successful.
“So there’s a lot of different nuances that they can tackle from within this set that all enhance their games and allow them to sort of share the load. i loved what i saw. It was good. It was good.”
Here are a few takeaways from the Lakers’ first exhibition game:
More time, more success?
James (16th), Davis (16th) and Westbrook (15th) only played in the first half. They combined for 20 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.
“Well, like I told you guys on media day, it’s all about time,” James said. “The more time and the more minutes we can write on the floor, the more comfortable we can feel.”
Westbrook was solid, going off the field two-for-three to add five points along with three assists and two rebounds. He attacked the basket and found open players.
James, on the other hand, didn’t shoot, his four points coming from the free-throw line where he was four-for-five.
He laughed when told that he rarely misses every shot, even in an exhibition game.
“I just missed some shots that I usually do,” James said. “I missed three layups, one wide open layup, a couple of threes. But I’ve been 0-fer before. I just played more. I started a game where I was previously playing 0-9, but I played 35, 40 minutes and had a chance to find my rhythm.
“It was over in 15 minutes. But that’s the last thing on my mind when it comes to makes or misses. It’s about improving our habits both offensively and defensively, building in the things we’ve done this week and we all looked pretty good tonight.
Davis is warmed up
Davis drove the baseline and got ready for a move, his body contorting, his shot missing. He glared at the referee and yelled, “Call the…foul.”
It was the first quarter of the Lakers’ first exhibition game and Davis was hit by a technical foul.
Davis said it was rare for him to show emotion during his time with the Lakers.
“I know, and I immediately apologized,” he said. “I was in midseason form. I certainly apologized [to the referee].”
Davis then went to work, scoring 11 points and accumulating 11 rebounds.
He even made his three-point mark, going two-for-four.
Last season, Davis shot just 18.6% from three-point range. He said a wrist injury was problematic but he is now fully healed.
“Yeah, I was just trying to get the wrist back to where it is, so some of that was included,” Davis said. “That was all. I never lost confidence in my shot. I’m currently battling a minor wrist injury. So once I got fully healthy and started training again, I sort of incorporated that and brought that formation back down. Get reps and muscle memory shooting the three.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2022-10-04/lakers-takeaways-darvin-ham-lebron-james-anthony-davis-russell-westbrook Darvin Ham pleased with big three in Lakers’ preseason opener