Last night in the teams game against the Blazers in Portland, Lakers power forward Larry Nance Jr. suffered a fractured left hand and he will be out for the foreseeable future. Nance Jr. had really stepped his game up early in the season averaging 10.6 points per game to go along with 7.5 rebounds and he was proving to be a really nice young piece on a team that is starting to look like they might have a pretty promising future.
You would expect that Nance Jr. will be back at some point this season, but sitting out a lengthy period of time with this injury will push back his development a little bit. It is expected that either Julius Randle or Kyle Kuzma will take over that starting power forward spot. Both would be good candidates as Randle has transformed his body and looks much better in the early part of this season and Kuzma is easily looking like the steal of the draft. This will hurt the teams depth however.
Lance Stephenson to Play in China
Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson has inked a one-year, $4 million deal to play in China.
Stephenson averaged 7.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists last season for the Lakers.
Lakers’ Anthony Davis Says He is the Best in the World
Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis isn’t short on confidence, and he believes he is the very best in the world.
Although he didn’t win much during his tenure with the New Orleans Pelicans, nor has he ever won a championship, Davis is likely to be in title contention on his new team, the Lakers.
“I’m the best in the world,” Davis proclaimed, according to Alam Abdeldaiem of Sports Illustrated. “I think I do a lot of things that a lot of players can’t do as far as playing a complete game. I can play on the block, play on the perimeter, play defense on both ends, switch 1-5, guard, score the basketball. I want to be the most dominant player in the game, and I’m going to continue to do that.”
Davis also considers other players on the same level as himself, including his teammate LeBron James.
“Obviously you have players like Kawhi, KD, LeBron, Steph all of those guys who are the same way. They’re great players, talented players, Hall of Famers, and that’s what makes our game fun. Everyone wants to be the best in the league. Everyone wants to be the most dominant, and that’s when our competitive edge comes out on the floor and makes the game so fun to watch.”
Lakers Reach Out to Patrick Beverley
According to the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner, the Lakers have reached out to the reps for Beverley.
Beverley hits free agency and will draw interest from a number of teams, including his last team, the Clippers.
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