The hours after the signing of Russel Westbrook by the Lakers were peppered with endless doubts. One of them raised the cry in the sky for the lack of space that the Angelenos had suffered during the season and that the arrival of the base was worsening. However, it did not take long for reports to come out that spoke of internal meetings of the new Big Three in which LeBron said he could significantly depart from the creation of the game and Davis once and for all occupy the position of center, from which he has shunned despite being the most coherent formula at the offensive and defensive spatial level.
As these statements were not made public, the question about the role of La Ceja could remain in the air, but not after his last testimony. “There were expectations and after discussing it, I am ready to play as a center” declared the player during Los Angeles Lakers media day. These words will surely make more than one sigh of relief, even if they do not mean that Anthony Davis is going to play every minute as ‘five’. He himself lets it be said that he will continue to share the trail with Howard or Jordan.
His reluctance to this position stems from the obligation it entails when it comes to being the inner presence. Suffering more physically and mentally without the freedom to assiduously step on the outside line. However, it is very evident that the deadliest version of the Lakers has arrived with him as the only tall man, despite being reduced to the most definitive stretch of the postseason. These two years it has been difficult to see Davis as a center during the regular season, but the arrival of Westbrook almost forces him to turn it into a speech. As La Ceja knows well.
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