Lakers news: Lakers planning to get Bronny, LeBron defends AD, Reaves compared to Doncic

The Lakers are eying Bronny James, LeBron comes to his co-star's defense, and Austin Reaves is drawing Lluka Doncic comparisons.

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Lakers news: Lakers planning to get Bronny

LeBron has made it clear that he eventually wants to play with his son, Bronny. In fact, James even hinted at sticking around to play with both sons. If Bron declines a $51 million player option, James could be a free agent next summer. However, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, the Lakers are going to figure out a way to keep LeBron in LA.

Per Vardon:

"He would want to be able to play on the same team as his son, if it’s possible, but even if Bronny is in the draft (he intends to play at some point this season as a freshman for USC), most observers believe the Lakers will find a way to make sure that happens in Los Angeles."

On Saturday, when reporters asked LeBron what's keeping him going as he heads into his 21st season, James said, "to continue to be as great as I can be and solidify what I want to do in my career and still seeing that Larry O’Brien trophy in my mind on a daily basis."

LeBron has given so much to the game of basketball. Hopefully James will be able to exit the league gracefully with Bronny, Bryce, or maybe both by his side.

Lakers news: LeBron defends AD

Anthony Davis got a lot of criticism after the Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets in their season debut. Which is why, following Thursday's 100-95 Laker victory over the Phoenix Suns, LeBron James immediately came to his teammate's defense.

In addition to his 30 points, Davis finished with 12 rebounds, three steals, and three blocks in the game. For comparison, during Tuesday's loss to the Nuggets, Davis had 17 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, and shot 6-of-17 from the field. Clearly, Anthony Davis returned to his dominant form in Thursday's game, and the Lakers can only hope that remains the case.

Lakers news: Austin Reaves compared to Doncic

Welp. It's official! Austin Reaves is drawing Luka Doncic comparisons. Current Phoenix Suns head coach Frank Vogel was with the Lakers from 2019-2022. According to the LA Times' Dan Woike, Vogel noted similarities between Doncic and Reaves' games when Reaves was just a prospect. 

Some may be surprised to learn that Reaves' 6-foot-5 frame is only two inches shorter than Doncic's. There is definitely a similarity between Reaves and Doncic, as it is very difficult to speed up either of them when they come out of a pick-and-roll. They both play electrifying, yet terrifyingly patient basketball.

In Thursday's win over the Suns, Reaves recorded 10 points, two rebounds, an assist, and a steal. Remember: the Lakers paid Austin Reaves for a reason. Reaves is an integral part of this Lakers team, and his energy and effort will have a major impact on where they stand this season. 

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