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Today, we're focusing on just one topic of that topic is Anthony Davis and his latest comments, which might make some Lakers fans uncomfortable and rightfully so.
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So Anthony Davis Look, he was just named Western Conference player of the week.
He's been phenomenal for the Lakers.
He has been everything they could have hoped for and more.
But unfortunately, well, he has some comments about possibly going back and playing for his hometown Chicago Bulls.
Yeah, that's right.
Not something that Lakers fans want to hear based on what the Lakers gave up to get Anthony Davis Let's get into exactly what he said and what was going on.
I suppose, first and foremost, we need to mention that the Lakers are actually in Chicago right now.
They're gonna be taking on the Bulls.
Uh, it's a It's a kind of a come home game for Anthony Davis because, like, he used to be easy from Chicago, right? So he's got that tie, their naturally.
So, yeah, that's what's going to happen, right? He's He's from Chicago, so he's going back home.
This is a a homecoming game for him in that sense.
So the Lakers were in Chicago to comment on the Bulls.
This isn't here to play the Bulls.
This isn't like he just said it out of the blue or anything like that.
He's in front of a hometown crowd in front of a bull's crowd when he's asked about his future.
So again, take this all with a green Isolde.
Take it with a giant green assault here.
I mean, it's Look, here's what he said.
I mean, I am a free agent next year, but we will see that's his direct quote when he was responding to the possibility of playing for the Chicago Bulls in the future.
Everybody wants to go play for their hometown team right like that.
That's a real thing where players want to go play for their hometown team.
Sometimes it happens for guys.
Sometimes it doesn't look.
Dwayne Wade was from Chicago and eventually went and played season where the Bulls didn't really work out that well, right? Interested Anthony Davis makes this comment.
Should Lakers fans be panicking? No, no, definitely not now.
Yes, Anthony Davis is going to be a free agent, and he's gonna be a free agent sooner rather than later.
Next summer. He's going to be a free agent.
So obviously, this is going to be cause for concern for Lakers fans when you see comments like this, but let's talk about the Bulls specifically here.
Are they in a position to lure Anthony Davis? No.
No, they're not.
They've got They've got some solid young players.
Valerie Market in Window Carter Jr.
Players like that.
Kobe White has done some great things.
They've got some young up and coming guys, but they're not a championship ready team.
And this is like LeBron right coming to the Lakers, who came to a young team where he believed they could build around him with all the pieces they had and trade chips they had and all that kind of stuff.
LeBron and won championships.
Anthony Davis hasn't done that.
Anthony Davis has spent most of his career toiling away with in New Orleans.
Pelicans not getting nearly as far as he should have in the playoffs and and all sorts of issues, right? Never got that spotlight.
Never quite got the superstar credit that he deserved, so it wouldn't make sense for him to go join a young team like the Chicago Bulls.
So we can kind of rule that out.
I mean, look, never say never in the n B A.
I mean the Phoenix Suns.
Just tonight, we're the team to actually deliver the first loss to the Philadelphia 76 years.
The Sons are now five into and in second place in the Western Conference.
Crazy things happen in the n B. A.
Okay, so again, never say never.
But I'd say it's very unlikely that if Anthony Davis weren't to leave the Lakers, which in and of itself is not likely for 80 to leave the Lakers.
But if you were, Chicago's probably not the team that he's going to go to.
He would go to a team that is ready to win right now because that's where he's at in his career.
He needs to win. He needs to win championships.
There's no question about that.
It's not like he's got the championships under his belt like LeBron has or anything like that, right? He needs to go win.
Chicago doesn't make sense in that regard.
He's playing to the hometown crowd, okay, But he does mention that he is a free agent.
And whenever questions have come up regarding Anthony Davis and his own free agency, and whether or not he's going to stick around the Lakers, he has deflected.
He's gone back to that standard answer of Well, you know, we're gonna give it my all this season, and I'm gonna focus on just this season, and then we'll let everything figure itself out after that.
And that's look, that's the right answer for him to give.
There's nothing he can say that's gonna prevent this question from happening, right, Even if he says 100%.
No, I am staying I am not leaving the Lakers.
I will sign a Max contract as soon as one's available.
Kyrie Irving said that last year.
He said it in October of last year were a year ago.
Kyrie Irving said this said he was staying with the Boston Celtics and look where he is now.
Yeah, the Boston Celtics anymore.
So there is no way to stop this question from being asked.
Everywhere he goes, the question's gonna pop up, especially when he goes back to Chicago.
People are gonna ask, Wouldn't you like to come play for your hometown team? Right? Playing to Chicago crowd? He's not just gonna say no.
I'd never consider playing for Chicago, right? That comes off horribly.
So he's not going to say that he's going to to talk up the city of Chicago when all that, because again he's in front of a Chicago crowd again.
I don't think it's likely he would go to Chicago, But is it okay that it still makes Lakers fans uneasy? Yeah, of course, it's gonna make fans uneasy.
Look what the Lakers gave up up in order to get Anthony Davis on the ball.
Brandon Ingram, Josh Hearts of their young core pretty much everybody, except for Kyle Kuzma.
Plus all the future draft picks, all the pigs.
They gave all the pics to the Pelicans.
And so there's a lot riding on Anthony Davis staying with the Lakers.
So, of course, it's going to make fans feel uneasy when Anthony Davis is not committing to the Lakers.
Even if, even though you would have to know in the back your mind that even if he said right now, I'm staying, nothing is official until he actually puts pen to paper.
Okay, so I get it.
I see quotes like that.
I feel nervous, too.
I feel a little bit.
I mean, it's it's not a good feeling to have your star that you are, that you've invested so much into that.
Everything is riding on sound kind of wishy washy right about sticking around in Los Angeles.
But as he said, he's not happy in L.
No, he hasn't said that he's having a great season.
He's hurting player of the week for the Western Conference.
He is on the first place team in the West right now, The five and one Los Angeles Lakers that air, righting a five game winning streak.
Their defense is one of the very best in the n b a.
Their offense is coming around.
They look like they're joing.
They're having fun together.
The Lakers have surrounded him with the players that he wanted.
Rob Pelinka made sure he was in constant contact with Anthony Davis, bringing in the guys that he wanted to play with.
And so far it's working the spacing the Lakers have around 80 and LeBron, even though they are not near the top of the league and three point percentage right now, they do have enough shooters around them.
Look, the Lakers have bent over backwards to give Anthony Davis everything he could have asked for.
So to even think that he might be leaning towards leaving or anything like that right now is so premature.
The Lakers have done everything right.
There's no reason to get frustrated or upset or anything just yet, Okay? No, he's not saying he's staying, but there's no point to saying he's staying right now.
Bad things tend to happen when you make declarations like that this early.
It's not a good look and we've seen look, he's with clutch sports.
LeBron James had signed one plus one deals with the Cleveland Cavaliers for years so that he held some control, so he had that leverage over the team.
While he may be, he's not playing the leverage.
Quite the same degree.
Who knows? Maybe he'll sign a one plus one deal, too.
But the bottom line is that he understands being clutch sports client what it means to keep in organisations feed the fire, that they're going to keep making moves and doing what it takes to go out there and win, because they know they need to if they want to keep him, so it makes no sense for him to give up that power at this point, it doesn't make fans feel good.
Doesn't make fans feel all warm and fuzzy at this point.
When you have your superstar, that hasn't come out and said that he's definitely staying.
But again, it wouldn't even matter that much if you did.
So why say, Don't worry about him talking about Chicago, highly unlikely that he would go to Chicago.
It just it doesn't make sense.
Look at it from just about any angle.
It wouldn't make sense for him to go to Chicago at this stage.
Is he considering other places? Well, I think he really is focused on this season and this season only, and then he'll figure that stuff out next summer.
But right now, if you were to handicap, the Lakers have to be in an overwhelmingly strongly right.
They are the number one team in the West.
They've done everything right.
Adie is in a great situation.
I can't imagine that he'd be looking to leave, given the way things have gone so far.
It's a long season, and we'll see where things go from here.
But the bottom line? Don't panic.
I know it doesn't feel good to see comments like this from Anthony Davis about maybe jumping over to the boat to the Chicago Bulls, his hometown team and all that kind of stuff.
But again, deep breath, everything's gonna be okay.
This doesn't mean that's what's happening or anything like that fake.
There's context that matters.
He's playing to the Chicago crowd, all of that.
Don't worry about it too much right now.
Just enjoy the fact that your Lakers are in first place in the Western Conference are looking like an absolute juggernaut, are playing incredible defense and basketball is fun again.
Let's focus on those things.
Enjoy them while we can.
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