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Trevor Lane here senior writer for lakers nation dot com.
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I'm gonna run down all the top Lakers stories of the day, including what's going on in China and a brilliant piece by Dave McMenamin of ESPN detailing how Anthony Divas actually wanted with the Lakers.
I've got some comments on that because there was a ton breakdown from there.
I'm surprised this hasn't gotten more attention, but I guess the China thing has been on the forefront of everyone's mind right now.
So what's going on with the N B A.
In China? Well, it's a mess of this moment.
At this point, you've got the Lakers and Brooklyn Nets hoping to play a game.
It'll take place at 4:30 a.m.
Pacific time Thursday morning.
If it happens, China has just cancelled the N V a cares event that the Lakers were supposed to participate in yesterday.
They canceled the same event that the Brooklyn Nets were supposed to participate in, and it's he's feeling less and less likely that the games actually gonna take place.
What's going on? Well, in case you weren't following the story or somehow didn't see what's happening.
Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted support for Hong Kong, and the Chinese did not like that.
They were not thrilled with it at all.
In fact, they pulled support for the Houston Rockets.
Advertisers pulled support for them.
It was a big mess.
The n ba tried to mitigate things, but essentially the N B A is stuck between two sides.
Right now, you've got China on one hand, thinking that the N ba did not act swiftly enough.
It actually want to see them, perhaps get rid of Daryl Morey.
They wanted severe consequences in exchange for what more he did for his tweet in support of Hong Kong and then on the other side.
You've got fans in the United States and and some members of of the United States contingent of the N B.
That feel like, Hey, we should be protecting free speech here.
After all, the N v.
Promotes a lot of social causes or at least allows their players to speak on social causes.
So shouldn't a general manager be afforded that same luxury? Be able to speak his mind on what is a social cause so that's the big question here.
Again is in a very, very tough spot because they make a lot of money in China and they don't want to lose that.
But the same time, they also don't want a foreign country to dictate how they run their league or what people are allowed to say or not say, especially with freedom of speech being such a key tenant of American life.
So this is something that is, that goes beyond just basketball.
It's a huge issue.
Obviously, China canceling these events is sort of like a staring contest.
They're waiting to see which side blinks first.
Will the game actually be cancelled again? As of this moment, it feels less and less likely that the game will actually happen.
But who knows? At this point, anything can happen.
We know in a few hours the Lakers are gonna have their media availability.
Maybe we'll hear Maur than about whether or not the game is actually going to take place.
If not, should both games against the Brooklyn Nets get canceled for some reason, then that would mean that the Lakers would spend their entire preseason just playing the Golden State Warriors unless they were able to schedule something with the Nets stateside at a later date.
Commissioner Adam Silver is heading heading to China, hoping to talk to the Chinese, including Yao Ming, to figure out a way to make this all work.
But again, right now, we don't know for sure whether or not there will be basketball.
The one thing I can tell you for sure.
If there is a game Thursday morning, 4:30 a.
I will be ready.
I will be. In fact, I may even throw in a live stream.
I will be checking that game out live.
I'll have my up time energy drinks.
How energy should feel picked these up guys.
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If the game does go down, I'll be online.
Get him ready for it.
Hopefully, you guys will will join me in that.
The other big story that came out today, the Dave McMenamin piece for ESPN.
Incredible stuff, as always from from David Mittelman.
But some amazing insight into how Anthony Davis, who was absolutely dominant in his debut with the Lakers against the Warriors last Saturday, how he became a Laker and I love that.
It started out with this, confirming that Gale Benson, who owns the New Orleans Pelicans, kind of had some sour grapes didn't want to trade with.
The Lakers were reluctant to trade with them, even though they knew the Lakers could give them the best offer.
That was something we had been hearing around the trade deadline last year that the Pelicans were just flat out refusing.
They were putting their foot down, and they didn't want to send Anthony Davis where he wanted to go.
They felt like they were being used to ship 80 to the right spot in that Anthony Davis was running around or Paul Rich, Paul Davis's agent, was running around and sort of killing the market for preventing any other team from trading for Davis because he used the threat of mount staying.
And that's one of the reasons why I say the Boston Celtics didn't make a big offer.
So the pelicans, right or wrong, felt injured by this, and so they didn't want to give anything Davis, the Lakers ultimately reluctantly gave in, eventually trading him to the Lakers.
But of course, that was after the Lakers gave up a ton and look.
In order for this trade to go down, the Pelicans were going to have to feel really good about it.
Otherwise, out of spite, they probably would have just sent him elsewhere.
That's not like McMenamin saying here, but that's what I'm saying was most likely the case.
The Pelicans probably would have sent him elsewhere if they could, unless the Lakers gave up a clearly better offer.
Uh, 80 for his part, wanted to go to either the Lakers or New York.
And Rich Paul was doing what he could to steer his client, ideally to L. A.
But again wanted to go either place and it was teetering on the edge.
It's pretty clear that the New York Knicks, we're not gonna have the assets to pull something off other teams around the league were worried that a Davis who's gonna be a free agent this coming summer in 2020 would just leave.
And that's what rich Paulette explain.
Two teams like the Celtics.
Hey, if you trade for a D.
You're giving up all those assets.
You'll get him for a year.
He's gone, is a free agent.
He will not stay.
Hey, did have a nice quote here from Rob Pelinka saying literally, the day the trade happened, there were a couple of points.
I was convinced that there would be no further conversations, but the Lakers were too invested. Tow walk away.
Pull Inca thought to LeBron James.
So at one point, the or a few points the day the deal went down the day the news broke that Anthony Davis was going to be a Laker.
Rob Pelinka, who is running the negotiations, felt like it was dead.
Felt like it was not going to happen.
Suddenly the pieces came back together.
Now that's not uncommon for N B A trades.
That's kind of the way it goes.
Well, if you, uh if you read up on how Paul, George and quite letter wind up, going to the Clippers was a similar situation where the Clippers felt like a few times like the deal was dead wasn't happening.
And then suddenly, boom! It's done.
Same things going on here.
Where the Lakers felt like the deal was dead wasn't gonna take place.
But here's what I wonder if we read between the lines a little bit.
The Lakers were too invested to walk away.
They owed it to LeBron James and then pulling.
It goes on to say when a player of LeBron stature puts his trust in the organization, I think there's an implicit bilateral trust going back saying We're going to do everything we can to put you in a position to win more championships because that's what you were about that makes me wonder.
Did the Lakers give up something extra right before the trade went down? Did they give in on something? And is that what got the trade through? Is that what punched it into the end zone for the Lakers? Not saying that's what happened.
But if you read between the lines, it kind of sounds that way again.
Can't confirm that, but who knows? Maybe it was an extra pick.
Maybe it was someone like Josh Heart.
Maybe it was that pick swap that they added in, but the Lakers certainly gave up quite a bit in order.
Get Anthony Davis.
But again, if you watch that preseason game that they had against the Warriors, you saw why they gave up so much for 80.
Because he is a superstar.
Incredible talent, one of things that I thought was kind of funny.
Kendrick Perkins inadvertently somewhat assisted, getting Anthony Davis to the Lakers.
Kendrick Perkins, who is most known for his days with the Boston Celtics, help the Lakers get Anthony Davis, and the way he did that was by first and foremost talking up LeBron James to Anthony Davis.
So 80 would really, really want to go play with LeBron James and experience that being on the same team as James.
And, of course, James signed with the Lakers last summer and then convincing Anthony Davis that when he was looking for a new agent to go sign with Rich Paul, who you know, happens to be LeBron's agent and, uh, that you definitely matters.
So those things being close to a Serie 80 towards LeBron and towards Rich Paul help the Lakers ultimately trade for Anthony Davis because A D wanted to play with LeBron and Rich Paul.
LeBron's agent would help steer 82.
The Lakers and help scare off all the other teams that would be trying to trade for him.
So kind of interesting that a guy who is most known for being a Celtic helps the Lakers get Anthony Davis and not the Celtics.
Funny the way that works out, Uh, also of a note the Lakers this last summer involved and we've heard this before.
But according to McMenamin, they involved Athenian Davis in every decision, and LeBron James was part of it, too.
But every single this is from a D.
Every single decision.
I've never been involved so much.
No matter who the player was.
He wanted to make sure I was on everything.
And I was like, Wow, to the point where I was like All right, Rob, stop calling me.
So Rob Pelinka is blowing up Anthony Davis's phone while all of the free agent negotiations were going down.
While he's trying to get guys like like Quinn Cook like Avery Bradley, DeMarcus cousins, all these other players that he's bringing in a d is very much part of the conversation and that is critical.
That, to me is very smart thinking by Rob Pelinka You can say it's giving him too much power.
You're letting the players run the show and everything.
But remember the Lakers won Anthony Davis to re sign in 2020.
They want him to be bought in.
And if he is part of actually building the team, that it's not just, Hey, here's the players the Lakers got for me.
It's Here's the team I helped build.
He was part of that process to actually construct the team and that, inherently creates, buy in so, so important.
It makes him take ownership of the players that are around him and the team that's been built.
And I think that's a huge, huge feather in the cap of the Lakers, who again want Anthony Davis to stick around.
They want him to feel like he is a key, an integral part of this organization.
Will it work? Well, we won't know for sure until July.
But again, fingers crossed.
Hopefully, Anthony Davis will indeed stay with the Los Angeles Lakers.
What do you guys think? What are your thoughts on the whole situation going on with China? Would your thoughts on how Anthony Davis became a Laker? Did the Lakers give up too much? Or did Anthony Davis's debut the other night kind of put away any of those fears? Because that's how good he really is.
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Well, I'll be back as soon as we have any kind of official word on whether or not the Lakers Nets game is going on.
Fingers crossed. Hopefully, it happens.
If it does, I'll be up bright and early, and hopefully you guys will join me for that one.
Till then, see you