PHOENIX — The Lakers welcomed a couple of players back into the lineup while also shaking up their starting unit against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
Anthony Davis and Jaxson Hayes were available after missing the last one and two games, respectively, further bolstering the Lakers’ frontcourt depth one game after Rui Hachimura also made his return to the floor.
Coach Darvin Ham also decided to swap Austin Reaves out for Cam Reddish in the starting unit, with Reddish opening alongside Davis, LeBron James, D’Angelo Russell and Taurean Prince.
It was the first time Reaves, who signed a four-year, $54 million contract during the offseason to return to the Lakers, had been used in a reserve role since March 19. He started 34 consecutive games (regular season and playoffs) entering Friday.
The starting lineup wasn’t revealed until after Ham spoke before the game, but the change might have been made for defensive matchup purposes.
Prince started the game guarding Kevin Durant while Reddish opened on Bradley Beal, who wasn’t available when the Lakers beat the Suns on Oct. 26 in Los Angeles.
Beal, who was acquired by Phoenix during the offseason after spending the first 11 seasons of his career with the Washington Wizards, made his season debut in the Suns’ victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.
“That dude is a nightmare,” Ham said of Beal. “Great, great kid. Phenomenal basketball player. Multifaceted. A winner. Just a guy that really blends in well with his teammates but also has an elite, elite talent level. And he’s just getting out there, getting his legs, game legs up under him.
“I was happy for him and sad at the same time when I heard he was coming to Phoenix. I love him to death, man. One of those kids that circumstances will work out, you just hope you could coach at some point. I got a lot of favorites around the league like that. That dude is, he’s special. They’ve got a special player and an even more special human being.”
The LeBron James Family Foundation announced that it will open the first and only official museum dedicated to the journey and milestones of James, with the museum named “LeBron James’ Home Court”. It will be located at House Three Thirty in Akron, Ohio.
The multimedia museum will take visitors through several big moments of James’ life, including the 2003 NBA draft, his championship runs in Cleveland, Miami and Los Angeles and the gold-medal-winning Olympic years.
“My dream was always to put Akron on the map, so to have a place in my hometown that allows me to share my journey with my fans from all over the world means a lot to me,” James said in a statement. “I’ve been known to hang on to a lot of things over the years, and I always knew there would be a time and place to bring them out. I’m so proud that place is House Three Thirty, a space my Foundation created to serve my I Promise families and the entire community.”
In addition to a recreation of the apartment where James and his mother lived, other items on display will include the all-white suit James wore to the 2003 NBA draft, his jersey from the McDonald’s All-American Game and an original backboard and rim from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.
Reservations for LeBron James’ Home Court are available for presale, with the first public tours beginning on Nov. 25. General admission tickets are $23.