LeBron James on Thomas Bryant's emergence: I have visions of 'myself, AD and Thomas on the floor together'

LeBron James on Thomas Bryant's emergence: I have visions of 'myself, AD and Thomas on the floor together'

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LeBron James on Thomas Bryant's emergence: I have visions of 'myself, AD and Thomas on the floor together'

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James had the strongest endorsement for Bryant and Davis together – with the caveat that the Lakers need to progress to that point with Davis’ timetable to return still unclear. “I’ve already kind of had visions of what that could possibly look like with the frontcourt of myself, AD and Thomas on the floor together,” he said. “I think it could be extremely beneficial for our ballclub. But also at the same time, just stay in the moment and we’re just trying to hold it down until our big guy comes back.
Source: Kyle Goon @ Orange County Register

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
On Thomas Bryant, holding the fort in the middle for the Lakers and at the dawn of what many key team leaders believe is a very important role — even when Anthony Davis gets back: ocregister.com/2023/01/08/tho…8:01 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
The Lakers list LeBron James and Russell Westbrook as probable tomorrow in Denver. Troy Brown Jr. is questionable. – 6:16 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
A stat I find fascinating: Cleaning the Glass says LeBron and Russ have a plus-7.5 net rating on the court together this season, which is good.
If you filter those minutes to just the 221 possessions with Thomas Bryant on the floor as well, the net rating jumps to plus-19.4. – 5:26 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Earlier today, @TheAthletic‘s journalist Sam Amick release an article with his walk-and-talk chat with LeBron James.
The superstar player did not agree with what was written 👀
basketnews.com/news-183499-le…4:10 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
LeBron on Lakers likely standing pat: ‘Y’all know what the f*** should be happening’ nba.nbcsports.com/2023/01/08/leb…2:05 PM
Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
We’ve known for a few years that LeBron James would be positioned to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer this season. I couldn’t imagine he’d be hunting down Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in a Ferrari instead of the horse & buggy every other 38 year old or 20-year vet would be using. – 1:35 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
LeBron is 38 and this was his closeout from one corner to the opposite corner in crunch time last night. pic.twitter.com/x1SFdnUWtS12:50 PM

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
On the Lowe Post podcast, @Zach Lowe and I talk Lakers at the 37 minute mark.
⭐️Winners of 5 in a row
⭐️1 game in the loss column behind #6 LAC
⭐️37 minutes and 37 points for LeBron on the 2nd night of a back-to-back vs. Sac
via @YouTube
youtube.com/watch?v=tbQUOt…11:55 AM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
De’Aaron Fox furious after LeBron James scores 37 in Lakers’ controversial win over Kings
sacbee.com/sports/nba/sac…11:08 AM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
In the four games he’s played since he celebrated his 38th birthday, LeBron James is averaging 38 points per game.
He’s also averaging 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
that doesn’t seem possible. makes no sense – 10:54 AM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
LeBron James last night:
✅ 37 PTS
✅ 8 REB
✅ 7 AST
✅ 14-28 FG
James has scored at least 25 points on 50% shooting from the field in each of his last 13 games, tying Shaquille O’Neal (2000-01) for the longest such streak in @Los Angeles Lakers history.
More: open.substack.com/pub/statitudes…10:05 AM
Sam Amick @sam_amick
LeBron James to @TheAthletic on the Lakers’ roster plans: “Y’all know what the f*** should be happening.”
More here on his waning patience, how his greatness is forcing this conversation, and why he deserves more help
theathletic.com/4068034/2023/0…7:49 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Kings were in real trouble when Domantas Sabonis fouled out after LeBron James drove into his chest and finished in the final minute on Saturday night.
It’s not clear Sacramento can win without their star big man. But it’s clear the Lakers can: ocregister.com/2023/01/07/lak…2:47 AM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Lakers Thomas Bryant delivers 29 points, 14 rebounds on 85% FG. List of Lakers who have done this:
1. Wilt
2. Kareem
3. Shaq – 2:40 AM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
The Lakers are essentially in a tie for the last play-in spot, and only 1.5 games out of an actual playoff spot.
Legit think this front office has a duty to LeBron/AD to make a move. This team fights and can make a legit run. They’re not far off. – 2:36 AM
LeBron James continues surge toward NBA’s all-time scoring record, leads Lakers with 37 in wild win over Kings
cbssports.com/nba/news/lebro…1:34 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
After starting the season 3-10, with a number of tough losses in competitive games, the Lakers got Thomas Bryant and Dennis Schröder back from respective thumb injuries.
LAL have gone 16-11 since, despite being without Anthony Davis for the last 12.5 games. – 1:18 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Thomas Bryant after his 29-point, 14-rebound night in Sacramento, on his desire to bring an “infectious” energy to the game: pic.twitter.com/MBU0rLfiM61:15 AM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Since turning 38 LeBron is averaging 38 and the Lakers are undefeated. – 1:13 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Players with 3+ 35-point games after turning 38:
LeBron James
Michael Jordan
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Karl Malone
LeBron has been 38 for less than 10 days. pic.twitter.com/lpFefLGQxO1:00 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
Most PPG by a 38+ year old:
38.0 — LeBron James
25.0 — John Havlicek
21.2 — Michael Jordan pic.twitter.com/jApwJj4EFj12:53 AM

The Lakers sneak away with a W over the Kings ✨
▫️ LeBron: 37 PTS, 8 REB, 7 AST
▫️ Russ: 23 PTS, 5 REB, 15 AST
▫️ Bryant: 29 PTS, 14 REB pic.twitter.com/zj8DOg9ngS12:49 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
Lakers with a 28/14 game on 85% shooting:
— Shaq
— Kareem
— Wilt
And now, Thomas Bryant. pic.twitter.com/XyE61BidUR12:48 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
LeBron since turning 38:
37 PTS | 8 REB | 7 AST
25 PTS | 7 REB | 10 AST
43 PTS | 11 REB | 6 AST
47 PTS | 10 REB | 9 AST
Lakers are undefeated in that stretch. pic.twitter.com/KTjJ5V9UyF12:48 AM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
LeBron and the Lakers, without the injured Anthony Davis, have played their way back to the brink of the West’s play-in zone with a five-game winning streak.
More NBA from: marcstein.substack.com12:47 AM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Defense took the night off. In a crazy shootout, the Kings allowed the Lakers to knock down 61 percent from the field and it cost them. LeBron James and De’Aaron Fox put on a show for a packed house, but it was LA that came away with the 136-134 win. Here are 6 quick thoughts. – 12:45 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Final: Lakers 136, Kings 134
The Lakers win their fifth straight game to improve to 19-21. LeBron James had 37 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Thomas Bryant had 29 points and 14 rebounds. Dennis Schroder had 27. Another huge win for LA.
Up next: at Denver on Monday. – 12:45 AM
Nick Wright @getnickwright
In 4 games since turning 38 years old LeBron James is averaging 38 points per game & is undefeated. Your GOAT could never.
Literally. He tried. – 12:44 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Thomas Bryant tonight:
29 PTS
14 REB
12-14 FG
First Laker with that statline or better on 85 FG% since Shaq. pic.twitter.com/EpCT7uEraC12:44 AM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Lakers win on the Schroder free throws. FINAL: Lakers 136, Kings 134.
Lakers have now won five straight. LeBron with 37 points. Schroder with 27, Bryant with 29 and 14r, Russ with 23 and 15a. – 12:43 AM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
-Lebron 37pts 8rebs 7ast
-T Bryant 29pts 14rebs
-Schroder 27pts
-Russ 23pts 15ast – 12:42 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
LeBron tonight:
37 PTS
Averaging 38 PPG since turning 38. pic.twitter.com/CqjeF21gsZ12:42 AM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
The Lakers continue their hot streak, extend season-best winning streak to 5 games with a 136-134 win in SAC. LeBron 37p 8r 7a; Thomas Bryant 29p on 12-of-14 14r; Schroder 25p on 8-of-11 and 7-of-7 FTs (including game winners); Westbrook 23p 15a. LAL is 19-21. – 12:42 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Sure looked like Keegan Murray fouled Thomas Bryant on the inbound but guess not. – 12:36 AM
Howard Chen @TheHoChen
I am in awe of the level of play LeBron is still at after all this time – 12:33 AM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
LeBron James hits the free throw to complete the 3 point play. Kings trail Lakers 133-132 – 12:31 AM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
De’Aaron Fox puts the Kings up 132-130, LeBron James answers right back, ties the game with an and-one, and Domantas Sabonis fouls out. – 12:30 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Biggest basket of the game: LeBron drives in against Sabonis, gets the finish and-one, and Sabonis fouls out. Thinking Mike Brown will want this reviewed. – 12:30 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
King Fox vs KING James right now. – 12:30 AM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Domantas Sabonis has fouled out with 48.1 seconds remaining. Tie game. LeBron going to the line for a chance at the lead. – 12:30 AM
Kendrick Perkins @KendrickPerkins
That damn Thomas Bryant is a MF dog!!!! He lace his shit up every night and really bout that life. I’m a fan of homie!!! Real Talk. – 12:28 AM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Thomas Bryant again in the paint, up to 29 points now to put the Lakers up 130-128 with 3:05 to play. He looks absolutely gassed. Kings timeout. – 12:26 AM
Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Thomas Bryant playing like he’s Popeye after eating some spinach – 12:26 AM
Kenny Beecham @KOT4Q
We see you Thomas Bryant – 12:26 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Thomas Bryant is taking every advantage of Domantas Sabonis being in foul trouble. – 12:26 AM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Thomas Bryant has been huge for the Lakers all night. 29 points, 12 rebounds. 12-of-14 shooting. His jumper is smooth. – 12:25 AM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Thomas Bryant has been awesome for the Lakers – 12:25 AM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Thomas Bryant with a season high 27 points tonight, previous high was 21, 3 times. Career high is 31. – 12:23 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Thomas Bryant has 27 points in case you didn’t know the Kings have a defensive problem. – 12:22 AM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Lakers up 6, Ham tries to steal a rest for LeBron, and Sacramento goes on an immediate 6-2 run to force a timeout and his presumed re-entry just over a minute later. – 12:20 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
It’s kind of interesting how different the role player composition has been during the LeBron/AD injuries.
When LeBron was out, it was Austin Reaves and Lonnie Walker that really stepped up.
With AD (and Austin and Lonnie) out, it’s been Dennis Schroder and Thomas Bryant. – 12:19 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Lakers had a bit of an edge there but Kings have closed it to 124-122 with LeBron on the bench. LeBron paced to the scorer’s table during that stretch, so you know he’s checking in for the final 5:32 of the game. He’s got 32 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and is plus-15. – 12:18 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
LeBron is getting a breather. Kings need to push here. – 12:16 AM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Rare you’ll see this, Keegan Murray outsmarts LeBron 2 possessions in a row. First beats him for a backcut, then steps in on the other end for the pass and crash charge. – 12:15 AM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
5th foul on Domantas Sabonis. LeBron just told his teammates the same thing. They are going to attack Domas the rest of this game. – 12:13 AM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron has 1 more FT coming out of a time out, for a chance to put LAL up 8 with 8:48 to play, one point away from their biggest lead.
It’s a 9-2 run to start the 4th Q as is.
LAL’s energy remains high on this night 2 of the B2B (SAC last played on Wednesday). – 12:12 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
How old would LeBron James have to be before you could beat him one-on-one?
At this rate I’m pretty confident I could take him some time after his 280th birthday. – 12:10 AM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
First Lakers game this season with four 20 point scorers, per team PR. LeBron, Westbrook, Bryant and Schroder. – 12:07 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Third quarter: Lakers 109, Kings 109
LeBron James has 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Dennis Schroder has 23 points. Russell Westbrook has 20 points and 13 assists. Thomas Bryant has 19 points and 7 rebounds. Wenyen Gabriel fouled out in 13 min. Both teams shooting 54.5+%. – 12:02 AM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Kings and Lakers enter the 4th in Sacramento tied 109-109. Domantas Sabonis with 19pts and 7 boards, as well as 4 fouls. LeBron James with 27, 8 & 6 for Lakers. – 12:01 AM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Wenyen out. LeBron in. Not sure that worked out how the Kings would have liked. – 11:57 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Not a great foul to go out on for Wenyen. There’s nearly 13 minutes left in the game, so you figure we’ll see Thomas Bryant and LeBron at center for the remainder. – 11:57 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Thomas Bryant continues to be a very efficient source of offense for the Lakers, up to 19 points on just 9 FGA’s (7 made FG’s, + 5 FT’s). – 11:42 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Smart. After Sabonis got called for his 3rd PF, LeBron went straight at him, twice. First time, Sabonis got out of the way for a LeBron dunk. Second time, LeBron drew a Sabonis PF, his 4th.
Domantas sits with 9:33 left in the 3rd, and LAL down 2. – 11:32 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Halftime: Lakers 73, Kings 73
The Lakers a season-high 73 points in the first half in what was a fast-paced, shot-happy 24 minutes for both teams. LeBron James and Dennis Schroder have 16 points each. Russell Westbrook has 14 points and 8 assists. Thomas Bryant has 13 points. – 11:14 PM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Kings and Lakers knotted 73-73 at the half. Harrison Barnes with 14 for Sac, one of 4 Kings starters in double figures. Dennis Schroder and LeBron James with 16 points each for the Lakers. – 11:12 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Sabonis goes up and over LeBron James with the flip. After a slow start, he’s up to 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. – 11:09 PM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Domantas Sabonis is one of very few people who can knock LeBron back a step in the post. – 11:09 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
This game has just turned into a battle of collision fouls between Thomas Bryant and Domantas Sabonis. AK – 11:04 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Third foul on Thomas Bryant. – 11:02 PM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Lakers did a good job of getting into the paint and drawing fouls. Russell Westbrook with the dunk, LeBron James drawing the fouls, Richaun Holmes’ frustrations and LBJ with the dunk. pic.twitter.com/PHUZ22VHKM11:02 PM

Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
Someone smarter than me confirm this but I think that was LeBron’s first technical foul of the season. – 11:00 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Free throw attempts are now 15 for Sacramento, and 6 for the Lakers. LeBron drew a technical – LAL’s second – for arguing about it after he didn’t get an and-1 call, and Fox did.
A 6-0 Kings run has them up 60-52. – 10:58 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Another tech on the Lakers, this one against LeBron. It’s been a whistle-happy first half. The Lakers were already frustrated just now by a travel call against Thomas Bryant that seemed a bit sketchy. – 10:56 PM
Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Lakers with the second technical of the 2nd quarter. Head coach Darvin Ham collected one a moment ago, and now LeBron James is slapped with one. Kings and Lakers physical in this first half. – 10:56 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
Tech on LeBron. – 10:56 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Technical foul on LeBron James. – 10:56 PM
Matt George @MattGeorgeSAC
LeBron James just picked up a tech. – 10:56 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The place where LeBron and Russ play best together is in transition. Russ with a nice dime to LeBron under the basket, dunk. Lakers take a 48-46 lead with 8:31 in the second quarter. – 10:49 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
LeBron James went down at the far end of the floor and was very slow to get up. Might have taken a shot to the face on a driving layup attempt. Darvin Ham isn’t happy and gets slapped with a technical foul. – 10:42 PM
James Ham @James_HamNBA
LeBron James is on the far end of the court. He’s slow to get up. Technical foul on Darvin Ham. – 10:41 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
First quarter: Kings 38, Lakers 37
A high-scoring affair through one. Thomas Bryant has 9 points and 4 rebounds. Dennis Schroder has 8 points. Russell Westbrook has 7 points. The Lakers are shooting 63.6%. Both teams have already made 6+ 3s. – 10:39 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
The Lakers are rolling with the same starters as last night tonight:
Dennis Schroder
Patrick Beverley
Juan Toscano-Anderson
LeBron James
Thomas Bryant – 9:31 PM

More on this storyline

That Schroder was able to draw a foul with the game on the line was a bit of a surprise. Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox, who was spectacular in the fourth quarter, cut Schroder off on a drive after the Kings denied the entry pass to LeBron James. Fox made contact, but the whistle was a surprise — even to Schroder. “I mean, normally they don’t call fouls like that,” he said. “I mean, I got probably so many drives where they hip-check me and I don’t normally get the foul — too many times. But they called it there.” -via Los Angeles Times / January 8, 2023
Brad Turner: Lakers say that LeBron James (left ankle soreness) and Russell Westbrook (left foot soreness) are PROBABLE for Denver game Monday night and Troy Brown Jr. (left quad strain) is QUESTIONABLE. -via Twitter @BA_Turner / January 8, 2023
LeBron James: Hey Sam actually my patience isn’t waning. You make it sound like I’m frustrated when I’m really not. I told you over and over, my job is focused on the guys in the locker room, my job isn’t the roster. That’s the reality of that conversation. And I said what I said with the upmost respect and calmness cause that’s the mood I’m in! Your welcome! 5 game winning streak. 😉👑 -via Twitter @KingJames / January 8, 2023
Cody Taylor: Final | Lakers 129, Magic 110 James: 28 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists Bryant: 21 points, 10 rebounds Fultz: 16 points F. Wagner: 15 points, 4 assists -via Twitter @CodyTaylorNBA / December 27, 2022
Kyle Goon: Double-checked and Thomas Bryant is indeed available to play tomorrow against the Mavericks and is off the injury report after hurting his shoulder last night. -via Twitter @kylegoon / December 25, 2022

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