Over the past few weeks, LeBron James has repeatedly stated that he can imagine teaming up with Anthony Davis in the Los Angeles Lakers jersey. Now he was heavily criticized for these statements.
“He has destroyed the chemistry [at the Lakers],” an anonymous NBA executive cited in a report by Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.
A few weeks before the trade deadline, it became public that Anthony Davis demanded a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans, the Lakers were considered a great prospect for the services of the “Brow”.
Even James himself, who is also advised by the same agency as Davis, had repeatedly emphasized that he would like to see the Big Man in his team.
“He should not have been so open, he even joked about the All-Star Draft,” the executive continued. According to concurring media reports, the front office of the Lakers around team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka was very keen to launch a trade for Davis.
Apparently, just about every Lakers player except LeBron was offered to the Pelicans. However, a deal did not materialize. Nevertheless, the speculation seemed to have left some scars in the young Lakers team.
For example, the traditional franchise delivered a desperate performance in the away game in Indiana, when the Lakers lost 94:136. Subsequently, a picture on which LeBron sat with some distance to his teammates on the bench created a firestorm of comments.
The Lakers have one ofthe toughest schedules in the NBA till the end of the season; ESPN is giving them a 3.1% chance of making the playoffs. Seems LeBron will have time to work on his “Space Jam 2” lines.