The Anthony Davis trade to LA is, of course, the biggest item in NBA news so far this season. The lingering question left undiscussed by most NBA writers is, can two huge egos actually play together harmoniously for 82 games (plus more if they make the play offs)? This may be a bigger IF than Las Vegas and NBA pundits think. More about that later.
Both players are great talents, that is a given. Both have demonstrated a “me first” attitude that transcends team, teammates, staff and organization. James has bothered and badgered all of the above. Often times he has left a trail of upheaval (if not devastation) in the organizations left behind. Looks like Davis may have decided to be his apprentice. We might say that New Orleans saw this coming and fared well, all things considered. Los Angeles may not.
From a numerology point of view the charts of the two do not comfortably match. While they may not be as different as vinegar and oil, this is not a compatible combination. The common links between them are the numbers 8 and 9. Among other things, 9 has to do with goals, aspirations and dreams. Obviously, they both dream of another championship ring, as does the Lakers organization. If both players can set personal differences aside and play toward that goal, there is a slight probability of attaining that dream.
Eight is the number of authority, power, control and attainment of success, to mention a few of its characteristics. If LeBron can mature and set aside his almighty self-image and act as s encouraging teammate, they could combine and work toward the mutually desired success. If he chooses previous ploys of intimidation, complaining and belittling, a genuine animosity could develop between the two and the team. If this happens it will start to show up noticeably in January and February after what seemed to be a relatively peaceful start to the season. The outcome of this experiment will most likely be defined by the end of February or early March if not sooner.
Anthony Davis will insist upon being seen as an equal and putting his stamp and style upon the team and its progress toward his coveted ring. If he can do this comfortably, and without animosity, the duo steps closer to getting their prize. If he starts to flaunt his skills and become one uppity, a rivalry develops. With such a development, it is close, but no cigar for them and the organization. This assessment would be somewhat ameliorated if they are to acquire yet another star quality contributor who can fit in harmoniously.
The Lakers have taken a big gamble. I say, having taken into consideration a lot of numerical thought, they lose. James has just passed a peak numerical cycle. He has put his frame under stress too hard for too long and too often. It would not be a big surprise to see him overdo and suffer a setback similar to Durant or Clay Thompson.
Davis is a known health hazard and will be in and out during the coming season as before. If LeBron is out for too long he will have to carry a very heavy burden upon a body that is already a liability. Davis will recoil at James’s attempts to dictate and control. James will soon get tired of Davis’s free lancing, and what James sees as carelessness. At best their differences become complimentary, and they perform as touted
That looks unlikely. In short, it does not look like a happy merger.
Here are the basics of their charts. Davis IS=3, S=4, P=8, LN=9 and D=3. James IS=7, S=9, P=7, LN=1 and D=8.
(Author’s Comment) As a footnote, there was another similar arrangement with Russell Westbrook going to Houston and pairing up with James Harden. It is another question of will the chemistry work? They played together and it appears Harden requested the match. So maybe. These are two of the long term head cases in the NBA and a coach who seems to have attracted his share of dysfunction at various junctions through his career. Will the two troubled stars compliment and support each other? Perhaps elements of neurosis will neutralize elements of narcissism. Or, versa visa. Let us watch and see if the coach can form a healthy and happy team dynamic around these two.