Magic Johnson Names LeBron James & Anthony Davis as Definite NBA MVP Candidates

‣ Magic Johnson, a former Lakers player and die-hard fan, congratulated the team on social media after they won the inaugural In-Season Tournament.
‣ Johnson considers LeBron James and Anthony Davis as candidates for this season’s MVP award. He praised James for being named the first ever In-Season Tournament MVP and Davis for his dominant performance in the championship game.
‣ James and Davis attribute their effective chemistry to the absence of jealousy between them, with each player knowing their role and supporting the other.


Magic Johnson’s love for the Lakers is no secret. His 13-season stint in the purple and gold jersey is legendary. So when the L.A. franchise bagged the inaugural In-Season Tournament, Johnson was overjoyed. He took to social media to commend everyone involved.

The NBA legend had some intriguing thoughts. He already sees LeBron James and Anthony Davis as strong contenders for this season’s MVP award.

“Congratulations to LeBron James for being named the first ever In-Season Tournament MVP with 24 points and 11 rebounds,” Magic posted. He added, “Both Anthony Davis and LeBron are definitely NBA MVP candidates.”

A tweet from Hoops on 𝕏 captured a moment: LeBron James to Anthony Davis . Lakers took over.

There’s no doubt, when LeBron and Davis are both fit and in sync, they’re a formidable pair. LeBron, for instance, clinched the In-Season Tournament MVP after averaging 26.4 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists per game.

Davis, on the flip side, ruled the championship game. “Congratulations to the Lakers for being the first team to ever win the NBA In-Season Tournament with their 123-109 win vs. the Pacers. AD had a dominant performance with 41 points, 20 rebounds and went 16-24 from the field,” Johnson wrote.

And of course, Johnson didn’t overlook coach Darvin Ham. Ham’s been proving his naysayers wrong by leading his team to the top.

“Last night was another example of great coaching for Darvin Ham,” he tweeted. “The Lakers defense was able to take Tyrese Haliburton, the Pacers best player, out of the game by double-teaming him every time he ran the pick and roll. On offense, the team was feeding both AD and LeBron in the post and they dominated paint points all night.”

James and Davis believe their chemistry works because they are not jealous of each other.

After winning the In-Season Tournament title, the Lakers duo shared their thoughts on why their partnership works so well. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, they believe there’s no jealousy between them.

“I know who I am, he knows who he is,” LeBron expressed. “So, there’s no friction. We’re not trying to compete with one another on the court or on a lifestyle basis. He knows who he is, I know who I am. The only thing we’re trying to do is hold each other accountable when we get to work and try to be the best we can be for each other, and when one is not going well, try to pick each other up. There’s no jealousy. There’s not a jealous bone in our bodies. We’re never jealous of one another. Ever.”

As for Davis, he knows that James is always looking out for him and wishes him genuine success.

“He’ll say things like, ‘Let’s get AD going.’ Or, ‘Run this for AD,’” the big man said. “He’s doing a good job of making sure that I get my touches to have an opportunity to take over ballgames like tonight. So, he’s been in my corner through the ups and downs and the indifferent. He’s always been a guy who I can count on, who I can lean on for advice, or he just knows. He just knows me.”

James Shotwell
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