LeBron James Reacts To Lakers JR Smith Signing

Tanya Simon
July 3, 2020

All three of these additions to the Lakers roster will definitely give this team the firepower they need heading into Orlando as the franchise tries to win a 17th championship.

Anthony Davis thinks that the COVID-19 hiatus has actually increased the Lakers' shot at winning the National Basketball Association title this season.

However, I think going into this bubble, the Lakers got to be the favorite because they got LeBron and he can kind of adjust to anything. All 22 teams and players are entering the restart in Orlando are on equal footing from that standpoint.

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard wants to play in the National Basketball Association season restart this month in Orlando, Fla., and the team said it won't replace the 16-year veteran despite some concern that he would opt out. After missing eight games in the regular season because of shoulder, elbow and tailbone injuries, his body has had ample time to heal. "I feel 100% healthy".

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But if you ask Smith, it's better to take a wait-and-see approach and judge him when he suits up to play on the court, rather than trusting what others are saying.

His last full season came in 2017-18 with the Cavaliers, when he averaged 8.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 80 games (61 starts) in LeBron James' final season before he left to join the Lakers.

"[When] you're on the floor you have an opportunity to grow and your team has an opportunity to grow", Vogel said on a video conference call Thursday. Well, I don't feel. I am [100 percent healthy].

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