On the latest episode of The Lake Lake Show podcast, Assistant Coach Phil Handy discussed the chemistry of the Los Angeles Lakers. Specifically between superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Handy was an Assistant Coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James, where he won the 2016 NBA Championship. He then moved to Toronto for the 2018/19 campaign, picking up title number 2 in the process. This past summer, Handy returned to Los Angeles, where he was with the Lakers between 2011-13, to rejoin the team’s coaching set-up.
“The chemistry has been amazing, from LeBron on down to the last guy on the roster. Him and Anthony Davis have done a great job of just leading the way. They’re really good friends and not just them two but LeBron has always been one of those guys that’s team first. He’s very selfless and he involves himself and engages himself with his teammates. So the chemistry there, I’m not surprised. I’ve seen and been with LeBron in Cleveland for many years and I’ve seen how he operates.”
The Lakers to-date hold the second-best record in the NBA (49-14) and are 5.5 games clear of cross-city rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers, at the top of the Western Conference. The chemistry on the team on-and-off the court has been clear to see this season. With the team being one of the favourites to win the 2020 NBA Championship. Upon the season’s return in Orlando at the end of July.
“All of those guys on the team, they get along great. They go to dinners, they’re always hanging out together away from the court. Which makes it easier for them to get along and hold each other accountable on the court. I’m not surprised at the chemistry. It’s been great so far and that’s what you really need to go along with talent.“
Check out the full episode of Phil Handy on The Lake Lake Show below. Additional topics include his first spell with the Lakers (2011-13), the difficulty in leaving Toronto after the Raptors’ title-winning season. As well as Kyle Kuzma, and much more.