In their first pre-season game of the year, the Lakers earned a convincing victory over the Golden State Warriors. It's just pre-season, and these games can never be taken too seriously -- but the team looked solid in their first public match since the big trade.
The difference-maker is obviously Anthony Davis, who put up 22 points and 10 rebounds in 18 total minutes of action. If this performance is any indication of things to come, the Lakers are going to be a team to fear this season.
LeBron James took notice, calling his new teammate a "monster" on Instagram.
For the first time in over 8 years, LeBron James missed the playoffs this past spring, as he and the Lakers suffered the consequences of an inconsistent season.
He had all summer to rest, rehab, and get his body right for the new campaign, and he will have reinforcements as well.
Anthony Davis will be the one to lead the charge, and it is clear that his presence will be a key part of their success this season. And while we have yet to witness what their partnership will look like in a game that matters, the LeBron/Davis duo seems off to a good start.