EL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA — A day before the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Brooklyn Nets — only Los Angeles’ third win in 13 games played this season — the team held a keynote cinematic photoshoot on Saturday. It wasn’t much seen, but what was said made an impact, according to the Lakers leaders.
“We had conversations with a team that was from 2 to 10, you know?” Anthony Davis said Wed after practice. “About what each player can do better, what we’ll do better collectively. The coaching staff. The medical staff. Everyone. We just wanted to know this thing before the day of the Brooklyn game. And it worked for us.”
It was an open forum with the participation of many voices, starting with LeBron JamesAnd the Russell WestbrookAnd the Patrick Beverly Davies has many players to himself, and Phil Handy and Chris Gent are on the coaching staff.
“Everyone chimes in,” Hamm said. “No idea is a bad idea. The only bad idea is no idea. We’re all getting in the way together. Nobody takes personal shots or talks about attacking people’s personalities – it’s just attacking what we can do better. We’re attacking mistakes. How can we be Better, how can we be a better basketball team.”
They definitely looked better against the Nets. On the offensive end, Davis contributed season-highs in points (37) and offensive rebounds (10) and team shots 40.7% of 3, while defensively, the Lakers held scoring to 45% overall (25.9% of 3) and allowed just 103 points, tying the game. Their season decline for a competitor.
“A lot of feelings,” Davis said when asked to describe the meeting. “Guys expressing their opinions. Some back and forth. But it was all for the nature of trying to get better. So even though it might be back and forth, it was, ‘Okay, I hear what you’re saying, you hear what I’m saying.'” Now, what’s the solution? Instead of just constantly butting heads. So it was a good dialogue.”
Hamm said there is a balance to be struck when emotions play a role.
“I think you have to be careful,” Hamm said, “because passion can slip into being sentimental.” “You want to be sentimental. You don’t want to be sentimental.”
And Westbrook, who referred to Davis making the decision over the Lakers’ loss to the Sacramento Kings the night before the meeting in the big man’s postgame comments, spoke of how helpful the meeting was.
“I think things are going in the right direction,” Westbrook said. “That’s all you can ask for.”
Beverly first spoke about the movie session after a Nets game with the Lakers’ TV partner, Spectrum SportsNet.
“You have to give LeBron a lot of credit,” Beverly said. “He started to get the guys right and the guys responded in the locker room. So, they took credit for his leadership.”
Davis said Beverley’s driving style has been an adjustment for the team, but he comes up with wise advice even when the pack isn’t perfect.
“You have to listen, you can’t hear what they’re saying, you have to listen to what they’re saying,” Davis said. “You can not [think]Oh, he’s yelling, so I’m going to shut up now. … When someone is trying to help you, we know we are all in it for one goal and that is to win. So take the message, not the person’s tone of voice.
“The main guy a lot of us are used to is Pat. But he gives good messages. And he said this thing once, he was like, ‘If I yell, I love you, you’re not going to get mad, you know what I’m saying?'” So, listen to the message, not the tone.”
The Lakers, still second-to-last in the Western Conference, could stand a chance to climb out of their pre-season hiatus. They host the Detroit Pistons 3-12 on Friday, in their first game since the Nets win, after a five-day gap that was important between training and rest time for its players. Next, they’ll play the San Antonio Spurs, 6-9, three times in four games.
Both Dennis Schroeder And the Thomas Bryant They will likely make their season debut against the Pistons, according to Hamm. Both had full training on Wednesday for the first time as they both required surgery on their thumbs during the pre-season.
“Unbelievable,” Davis said of the duo’s contributions in an intra-squad brawl on Wednesday. “They both played really well today.”
James, who has missed the last two games with a strained left groin, has participated in the non-contact portion of training and is considered day-to-day heading into Friday.
Of course, Saturday’s broadcast session will come off as mere talk if the Lakers can’t stay successful with the upcoming schedule.
“The men’s spirits are high,” Davies said. “Like, we want to put together a winning streak.”