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Today we're talking about David Griffin's comments about Anthony Davis.
That's right. He's throwing shade again.
About 80 and 80 actually responded.
We're gonna get into that.
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All right, So David Griffin, running the New Orleans Pelicans smart guy.
I like what he's done with the pelicans.
I'm gonna get that out of the way First.
This guy has done a nice job putting together the pelicans roster.
Love what they did in the draft.
Think that they have several a pretty good team, underrated signings with landing.
Derrick favors and, of course, J.
Reddick. This is a team that's got some veterans from young players.
I think he's done a really nice job.
But comments like these I'm not just gonna give it a pass, Take a look at what David Griffin said. He said.
Not everyone's made to be part of this, and that's okay.
We're comfortable with that.
If sex appeal is your thing and you need a big market, okay, see you later.
If doing something meaningful for people who care about supporting their team teams every day is important, this is something you're going to want to be a part of.
Yeah, so obviously we know what he's talking about here, right? And he's pandering to New Orleans.
There's no question David Griffin is saying what New Orleans fan's air feeling because they're angry.
They're upset with Anthony Davis for leaving all of that, so he's sort of embodying all that sentiment that New Orleans fans have right now.
So that's what's happening here.
Does he really think this way? I don't know, but the bottom line is he shouldn't be saying this.
This isn't what you should be putting out there.
Why? Because It's a bad look.
It's a bad look for your French, especially franchise that's been on the up.
They've done some things very, very well.
Like I said, this team is pretty much hit a home run this offseason.
They got the most you could possibly expect out of the Anthony Davis trade.
They got an incredible amount of assets.
Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart.
A bunch of future picks.
They got a lot for a D Plus you land Zion Williams.
And then you go and you hit it.
Hit it out of the park on the rest of your draft.
Hey, you drafted something solid and I love Jackson Hayes.
What he did in the end summer league was incredible.
Their draft was great.
And then they had added some nice pieces. J.
Reddick was a great signing.
Then you've got Derrick favors coming in players like that.
Things were looking good for the New Orleans pelicans, and then you go and you throw this out there.
Future free agents are gonna look at this.
They're gonna remember Hey, this is a team that talks about you after after you leave.
This is a team that makes negative comments about, you know, he doesn't say Davis's name, but it's clear everybody knows who he's talking about here and beyond that, what gets me and I try to be unbiased here, guys, I really do.
I try to be as unbiased I can.
There is no question I'm not always successful in that.
I I don't hide my Laker bias it all.
I like your stuff all over my studio here.
I work for Lakers Nation, no question, right? I'm going to have a Lakers by us.
But still, as a basketball fan, seeing this is not a good thing.
And especially when he's kind of taking a shot at the market itself at Lakers fans by saying that if doing something meaningful for people who care about supporting their teams every day is important, isn't that kind of saying that the that Lakers fans aren't supporting their team every A don't care about their team every day? Which, by the way, is completely wrong.
Since I've been covering the Lakers, which has been going on for years now, the one thing that is a constant about Lakers fans that they are rabid, this is a fan base that cares passionately about their team.
So to suggest, in any way that New Orleans fans are the ones that care about their team and are supporting them every day and maybe not another fan base, that's a little ridiculous.
Now maybe I'm stretching it a little bit with what he's saying there.
I'll freely admit that, but still not a big fan of that comment and then saying, Not everyone's made to be part of this and that's okay.
We're comfortable with that look.
It's sour grapes.
That's what it comes off as.
And again, it comes across as somebody who is going to talk about players after they leave the organization.
Not the look that you want, especially in the player friendly environment of the MBA, where players are switching teams all the time.
40% of the league hit free agency this last summer.
This isn't the kind of statement that you want to put out there.
That's not the way that you want to go.
You want to try to take the high road, and furthermore, you want to go further into the A D issue.
Anthony Davis did the pelicans a favor.
I've said this from day one.
For New Orleans.
It would have been ideal if he had stayed.
There is no question.
Right? Losing him hurts.
It feels like someone broke up with you.
It feels like you.
You know You want to lash out. You want to be angry.
You want to say all these things? Okay, but Anthony Davis could have done so much worse.
Imagine if he had said nothing mention if he wanted to leave, but he didn't want wherever he went to, to give up assets in order.
He wanted to just go in free agency.
So he goes to a loaded team.
Let's imagine a d win that path.
What if Baby gets to? This summer has said nothing.
Kept his mouth shut, played out with pelicans.
They win enough games for.
Maybe they don't get Zion Williamson.
Maybe they're looking at somebody else in the draft.
Okay, let's say they wind up with I don't know Jericho over somebody like that, right? A good player.
But let's say that So they went up because Anthony Davis plays out.
He doesn't get his his minutes cut or anything like that doesn't say anything about wanting to leave.
Then this summer they go in the offer in the Supermax.
So what if he stalls? What if he says, A You know, I don't really want to make this decision right now.
Puts the pelicans in a tough spot.
They wait until the season starts.
He still hasn't signed it.
They start getting all nervous, and then they start putting out trade feelers during the season while the scene's going on.
Anthony Davis has less than a year now under contract.
Imagine what the offer is gonna look like that if the pelican suddenly feel panic.
But if he's telling the whole time Oh, no, no, don't trade me. Don't trade me.
I might stay but not giving them a firm commitment.
And so they finally look to trade him.
And then he mentions, Hey, I'm not gonna go to these places or tells these teams he's not going to stay there.
Then what are they looking at? What's the return for Anthony Davis? Then if they do trade him, or what if he convinces them to hang on to him and he never gets traded, and then he just leaves, is a free agent and they've got nothing.
They have no Zion because a D caused them to win too many games, right? They have none of these pieces that they have now.
Brandon Ingram Josh Heart again, Long term.
I know it hurts pelicans, fans, but a D did them a favor.
He did by going to them and telling them.
And look, you can say they shouldn't have been public.
This should not have become a public trade request that makes everybody look bad.
That the ruin, the Lakers chemistry that ruined the pelicans chemistry that made a D look like the bad guy. All of that.
Is that Anthony Davis's fault? It went public.
What you could say.
Yeah, we got pushed out through his agent, But remember, A D went to the pelicans first and said, Hey, I want to keep this quiet, but I'd like to be treated.
Here's where I'd like to be treated to.
And then the pelicans tried to go around.
Davis's agent, Rich fall by going directly to 80 and speaking to him and cutting out Rich Paul.
How do they think that was gonna be received.
They really think that was gonna be okay, that maybe things wouldn't become public at that point.
So is that really on Anthony Davis? That it got made public? Or is that on the pelicans for trying to weasel their way around the player's agent? That's a huge No, no, you don't do that.
So now you've got all this blame placed on Anthony Davis.
And yet look, pelicans fans are upset.
He forced his way to Los Angeles.
What do you expect him to say? What do you expect Anthony Davis to say When the team calls him up, the Celtics call up Anthony Davis and they say, or through his agent and they say, Hey, look, we're considering giving up all these assets for you.
Will you re sign with us? You want him delight to that team? Do you want to say, Oh, yeah, sure, I'll re sign with you.
The Orlando Magic suddenly decides that they want to go get Anthony Davis and they call him up.
And they say, Would you consider resigning? They put the feelers out there and they find out, Would he consider staying in Orlando.
Of course he's gonna say no.
What's he supposed to say? Yes, I will play anywhere.
Trade me to any team and I will stay locked up long term commitment just so that the pelicans can get a better return.
No, course he's not gonna do that.
He's going to say, I'd like to go here, here and here.
That's not him Forcing his way any particular place.
That's just him being honest and saying This is where I would consider staying if I was treated to If teams still wanna trade from, they can look.
The Raptor traded for Kawai without having any type of assurance that he would stay right.
You've got the thunder traded for Paul George without insurance that he would stay, and at first he did.
And then he turned around and burned them.
Anthony Davis going to the Pelicans and telling them ahead of time.
Hey, I'd like to be traded because I'm not going to stick around.
When I hit for agency, gave them the opportunity to get this massive return.
And yet New Orleans still angry at him, and again it's easy if you look at emotionally to understand why, but If you're the general manager, you gotta be above all that.
You can't throw out comments like this.
You can't throw out emotional statements because it makes the franchise look bad.
The organization should be above that.
If this is a fan saying these things that David Griffin saying, that's fine, no problem.
That's a fan saying it Cool fans.
They're gonna be emotional fans. They're gonna be angry.
Fans are gonna be upset.
That's how it goes.
But the general manager of a team, uh, you've got to be above that.
You have to and look again, tons of respect for David Griffin.
I think he's done an incredible job, incredibly smart guy, but there's no need to throw shade Anthony Davis Right now.
The franchise had moved on.
They're in a good spot and like I said, if you look at it the way I do a D major stuff done them a favor now a D.
On the other hand, he took the high road.
He was asked about it. Lakers media day. He said.
I mean, that's the past, you know, I didn't hear that.
I love the city of New Orleans.
I've been there seven years, gave my all six and 1/2 gave my all, and it was fun times, you know, it was fun times.
So he praises the city of New Orleans, says he loves them. No ill will.
Nothing like that took the high road.
That's the way to go in this type of situation.
Now again, it doesn't mean that that David Griffin's a bad person.
That doesn't mean it's a bad GM or anything.
I just think that in this case, he echoed the sentiment of the fan base and went a little bit too far with it.
You don't need to throw shade at Anthony Davis right now.
If your New Orleans you just don't, it's just not a good look for an N B A franchise to do these kind of things.
We think back to the infamous a letter that was written about about LeBron James.
That was that was awful when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers and you had that whole thing saying that Oh, he will never win a championship.
The calves will win again.
Dan Gilbert's letter about LeBron that kind of stuff, what David Griffin saying here is like a lesser version of that.
In some ways, a much lesser version.
You just don't go whatever out it comes across this petty and not not a positive thing.
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