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Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
When Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy noticed LeBron James reflecting on his road to a 10th NBA Finals shortly after the Lakers advanced Saturday night, he began to think about his own journey. “I was standing not too far from ’Bron when he was sitting on the floor,” Handy told The Undefeated on Sunday afternoon. “We had our journey, but I identified with what he was feeling. For me, personally, I was kind of numb on Saturday night thinking about the journey. That really hit me probably more than any other time up to this point. I have no words for it. I get chills. I get a little bit emotional.”
How have the Lakers succeeded in the bubble to advance to the NBA Finals from a basketball standpoint and mental standpoint? Phil Handy: Well, one, Frank Vogel has done a helluva job leading the ship as a head coach, and given all of us as coaches the power and authority to coach. To have him put his imprint on this team has been huge. He’s a great communicator. I think he’s one of those guys, man, that really values the input of his players and coaches. He says it all the time that there’s no ego here. Whatever’s best for the team. That part right there is huge. We have some talent. You got LeBron, you got AD [Anthony Davis]. … They’ve been phenomenal. Like the way they play together, the way they feed off of each other, and there’s no animosity. They’ve, in a short amount of time, figured out a way to be successful together and coexist, which is what you need, right? The two best players have to be able to coexist.
Phil Handy: You look at the entirety of our team. You have two great players, and you have some really high-level role players, and you have leadership. … LeBron and [Rajon] Rondo’s leadership, man. … I think the message from LeBron has always been like, ‘Why are we here? We’re going to be here, let’s compete for it.’ I think I’ve always said coming into the bowl, not so much talent, but the team that has the strongest mental fortitude of understanding why you’re here and being able to block out not having fans, not having your family, not having your normal comfort zone, the teams that are able to do that will find themselves in the position to compete for a championship.
On the loss of Kobe… Jeanie Buss: Tragedy on top of tragedy. Losing my mother, losing David Stern, and then, of course, our beloved Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. Nobody could predict that, and it still hurts. It’s still fresh. … I’m so proud of the resiliency that this team has shown under all these circumstances that have been put on them, and added to them. The strength of our leadership, with LeBron James at the top being the captain of the team and being the leader, has brought us closer together. I couldn’t be more proud of how they represented Laker Nation.
On the trade with New Orleans for Davis in mid-June 2019, which gave James the co-star he so badly needed… Jeanie Buss: It was really the right thing for us to do, because when you have somebody like LeBron James, and where he is in his career, you’ve got to go all in. We then went through free agency, which was a little odd just because decisions were being, you know, kind of stretched long (as I reported back in December, Kawhi Leonard’s handling of his free agency leading up to his choice to sign with the Clippers caused significant frustration in Laker Land). But I think we recovered well from the delay.
The N.B.A. finals that will conclude the longest, strangest and most complicated season in league history begin Wednesday night. For the first time in six years, the game’s grandest stage will not feature the Golden State Warriors. The closest that the Warriors’ trusty trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will get to the finals is watching their former teammate Andre Iguodala, now with the Miami Heat, match up against a rival familiar to them all: LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Anthony Chiang: Injury report for Game 1 of Finals: Heat listing Chris Silva (groin) and Gabe Vincent (right knee soreness) as questionable. Lakers listing Anthony Davis (heel), LeBron James (groin), Danny Green (finger) and Alex Caruso (wrist) all as probable.
Melissa Rohlin: LeBron James on data showing that NBA owners overwhelmingly contribute to republican causes: “My mom has always told me, control what you can control, and I can’t control that,” he said.