The Sporting Tribune Lakers practice report: Lakers prepare to face Warriors in preseason opener

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The Sporting Tribune's Lauren Jones gets you caught up with the latest on the Los Angeles Lakers.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Anthony Davis addressed media for the first time during Lakers training camp on Friday and reiterated the main goal for this team is winning a championship. When asked about his personal goal for the season, he stated that health is top of mind.

“Individually, playing all 82 [games],” Davis remarked. “But ultimately I want to win a championship.”

Lakers Anthony Davis “I’m a big man.”

Coach Darvin Ham announced that Austin Reaves will not play in Saturday’s preseason opener against the Warriors. Reaves and LeBron James are the only two players who will sit out for the first game of the preseason. Reaves, however, was a full participant at practice on Friday. Anthony Davis remarked that Reaves looked really good during Friday’s practice and did not miss a shot.

The Lakers final practice on Friday before the team’s preseason opener against the Warriors kicked off with Ham sharing his love of hip-hop after spotting a team reporter with a Death Row shirt on. When asked which rap group this Lakers team most reminded him of he said “D-Unit This ain’t the final lap, we’re just getting started.” D-Unit was in reference to Ham’s defense-first coaching strategy which has been adopted by both the returning core and the Lakers’ new roster additions.

Lakers coach Darvin Ham emphasized how important Anthony Davis’s leadership will be to the team contending for a championship

Lakers Taurean Prince discussed how instrumental his relationship with Darvin Ham was to signing with the team as a free agent

Lakers guard Max Christie is embracing providing mentorship to the rookies. “I’m a second-year, vet.”