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Fan ejected twice for heckling Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis smiles

The Los Angeles Lakers have faced quite a bit of heckling the past two seasons, and it doesn’t sit well with their stars. But the fans aren’t scaling it back despite the complaints from players, and that was evident again on Friday night when Anthony Davis became the center of attention.

Davis, who returned after an 18-game absence, got into a verbal exchange with a fan early in the fourth quarter, leading the ticket-holder to be ejected. But rather than leave the building, he returned to his seat and again took aim at Davis.

And again, he was ejected.

Forget Larry David, this has Bobby Valentine in a fake mustache written all over it.

It’s unclear what the fan said that led to the ejection, but that hardly seems to matter anymore. Players are pushing harder and harder for fans to be booted for saying words with LeBron James frequently leading that charge.

It is an interesting dynamic, however. Players frequently voice their opinions on all matters via social media and regularly talk trash on the court, but can’t seem to handle any incoming verbal jabs. Some believe they’ve gone soft but in reality, it’s a product of modern culture. Everyone can dish it out but precious few can take it.

Photo: Dec 18, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers open to trading star player not named Russell Westbrook?

Rob Pelinka at a press conference

The Los Angeles Lakers have shown this year that they are in need of major changes heading into next season. It is a given that they will try to find a way to trade Russell Westbrook, but are they also open to moving another piece of their so-called Big Three?

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst was asked on Tuesday about the possibility of the Lakers trading Anthony Davis this summer. The NBA insider believes it will be discussed.

“I think it’ll be something that’s discussed,” Windhorst said. “I think it would be a mistake because you’re still talking about a guy — when healthy — who is a top-15 player. You’re not going to be replacing that.”

LeBron has basically served as de-facto general manager of the Lakers since he signed with them nearly four years ago. It seems highly unlikely that he would want the team to trade Davis, unless it was for another star player or two. As Windhorst noted, James is eligible for a contract extension this offseason.

“In August, LeBron is eligible to sign a contract extension. He will evaluate the moves of June and July and then extend or not,”Windhorst said. “This is going to be a very delicate couple of months when this season is mercifully over.”

Davis was arguably the biggest reason the Lakers won an NBA title two years ago. The biggest issue with him, of course, is health. He has played in just 37 games this season and been out since Feb. 16 with a foot injury. That is a big factor in why the Lakers are in danger of missing the playoffs.

It sounds like there could be some things for LeBron and the Lakers’ front office to smooth over this summer. If James wants Davis to remain in L.A., that will almost certainly be the outcome.

H/T Lakers Daily
Photo: Sep 27, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka answers a question during the Lakers media day at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo, CA. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis to shed street clothes for jersey this week

Anthony Davis smiles

Anthony Davis is preparing to shed his typical work uniform for a Lakers jersey this week.

The Los Angeles Lakers forward is set to return to action either Friday or Sunday, Chris Haynes reported on Tuesday.

Davis has not played in a game since Feb. 16 due to a foot sprain. He’s only played in 37 games this season due to various injuries.

The 29-year-old big man is effective whenever healthy, but the problem is he’s not healthy often enough. He is averaging 23.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.3 blocks per game this season.

If Davis is able to return on Friday, that would be a home game against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers are currently tied with San Antonio for the 10th spot in the West and a game behind New Orleans for the 9th spot. Sunday’s game would be at home against Denver, which entered Tuesday sixth in the West.

The Lakers have lost three in a row.

Photo: Photo: Dec 18, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis gives Suns bulletin-board material with playoff comment

Anthony Davis in his Lakers uniform

Anthony Davis seems to have upset the Phoenix Suns with some strong comments.

Davis has been out since Feb. 16 with a foot injury. He’s getting closer to game action with the Los Angeles Lakers and spoke to reporters before Sunday’s game between his team and Phoenix.

The Suns knocked the Lakers out of the playoffs in the first round last year. Phoenix continued on to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Bucks.

Davis said Sunday that had he not hurt his groin in the series, the outcome would have been different.

“They got away with one,” Davis said.

The Lakers were the road team in the series and were up 2-1 entering Game 4, which is when Davis got hurt. Phoenix won that Game 4, Davis missed Game 5, and then he tried to hobble his way through part of Game 6 even though he clearly was not well enough to play.

Would the Lakers have won had he been healthy? We will never know. But what we do know is that injuries always seem to be an issue for Davis. He can no longer use them as an excuse considering how often he is hurt. The Suns won fair in square and showed it wasn’t a fluke by making the NBA Finals.

They also crushed the Lakers 140-111 on Sunday night, really showing the gap between the teams this season. Devin Booker even acknowledged the Suns saw Davis’ comments before the game.

Photo: Dec 18, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Simmons has harsh criticism for Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis in his Lakers uniform

The Los Angeles Lakers are in danger of missing the playoffs if they can’t somehow reverse their downward spiral, and Bill Simmons feels a common theme has emerged with teams that come up short. That theme is Anthony Davis.

In the latest episode of his podcast, Simmons pointed out that Davis has a lot at stake personally if the Lakers miss the playoffs.

“(If the Lakers miss the playoffs) AD will have missed the playoffs 6 out of 10 years,” Simmons said, via Reddit. “You look at the other guys who are really good in the league … Giannis (Antetokounmpo) is never missing the playoffs if he is healthy. Neither is (Nikola) Jokic. We are finding out this year it doesn’t matter who is on his team.”

Davis played on some terrible New Orleans Pelicans teams before he was traded to the Lakers, but Simmons has a point. There have been plenty of star players who carried bad teams to the postseason. Injuries have played a big role, but Davis hasn’t put many teams on his back even when healthy.

Davis is once again battling an injury, and he may be out for quite a while. The Lakers have played poorly without him. They fell to 28-36 with a loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. They’re currently the No. 9 seed in the Western Conference, but they are fading quickly.

Photo: Dec 18, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers star seems to agree with Draymond Green calling their fans ‘bratty’

Draymond Green during practice

Los Angeles Lakers fans appear to be getting on the nerves of one of their star players.

The Lakers faithful showered the team with boos during their blowout loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green responded by unloading on the fans, calling them “spoiled” and “bratty.”

Lakers star Anthony Davis seemed to agree with Green’s position. Davis “liked” an Instagram post about Green’s comments ripping Lakers fans.

Davis is currently in the midst of another lengthy absence due to a severe right ankle sprain. since arriving in 2019. He has taken plenty of criticism from Lakers fans due to his injury-prone nature.

While Davis might not appreciate all the heat that he personally has gotten, it is hard to blame the Crypto.com Arena crowd for booing the product that is out on the floor right now. Even with Davis sidelined, the Lakers still have four future Hall of Famers playing in LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard. They also entered the season with title expectations. Now though, the Lakers are getting beaten down on their home floor almost every single night, are displaying some really lousy body language while getting thrashed, and are in danger of missing the play-in tournament altogether. Lakers fans might take it way overboard sometimes, but they actually seem to be well within their rights to be booing these days.

Photo: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis to miss more time than previously thought?

Anthony Davis in his Lakers uniform

The Los Angeles Lakers knew they would be without Anthony Davis for some time, but a new report suggests the forward’s absence could be even longer than anticipated.

Davis sprained his right foot in the final game before the All-Star break, and was initially set to be evaluated in four weeks. However, the Lakers are concerned that Davis could wind up missing another four to five weeks as of now, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

That timeline would ensure that Davis does not return until very close to the playoffs. For the Lakers, that could be troubling, as the team currently sits ninth in the Western Conference. That could consign them to a play-in game.

The Lakers are only 17-20 with Davis in the lineup this season, so it isn’t as if he’s the key to their success. Still, the longer his absence is, the more responsibility will fall on players who appear a little out of their depth.

Photo: Dec 18, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Does Kyrie Irving have beef with Anthony Davis?

Kyrie Irving wearing his Nets uniform

Kyrie Irving is not exactly Mr. Popular these days, and we may be able to add another fellow NBA star to his list of enemies.

Steve Bulpett of Heavy.com, who used to work for the Boston Herald and has covered the Celtics for several decades, reported this week on Irving’s efforts to recruit Anthony Davis to Boston in the 2018-19 season. Quoting an anonymous NBA executive, the report said that Irving was courting Davis, who was on the New Orleans Pelicans at the time, to join him on the Celtics and that Boston may have been able to work out a trade with the Pelicans. However, the executive adds that Irving and Davis ended up having “a little bit of a falling out for some reason” down the line.

The two stars soon went their separate ways. Irving teamed up with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn instead during the 2019 offseason, and Davis got traded to the L.A. Lakers that very same summer, pairing him with LeBron James.

Bulpett’s report has other interesting tidbits about the end of Irving’s career in Boston. You can read it in full here.

Irving and Davis were previously teammates on USA Basketball, competing in the 2014 FIBA World Cup together. Both of them played on the Olympic team as well but never at the same time (Davis on the 2012 team and Irving on the 2016 team).

There were indeed suggestions at the time that Irving wanting to join forces with Davis. But now we know that issues of some sort between the two stars may have contributed to why it never happened.

Photo: Feb 1, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers stars at odds with Rob Pelinka over failed trade deadline?

Rob Pelinka

The Los Angeles Lakers appear to be going from basketball team to soap opera at record speed.

Thursday’s NBA trade deadline came and went without the Lakers making any move to upgrade their team. At 26-30 with a mismatched hodgepodge of veterans around LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers were in major need of a trade. But they inexplicably failed to get even a single deal done and subsequently got laughed at by the rest of the basketball world.

Speaking with reporters after the deadline passed, Lakers GM Rob Pelinka said that he consulted with James and Davis before deciding to stand pat.

“You can’t force another team to present yourself with a deal that is going to make your team be better. That’s up to them,” said Pelinka, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “Throughout this process we had different things we looked at and like I’ve done in the past had conversations with LeBron and Anthony about it and I would say there’s alignment here. And that’s all that matters.”

On Friday though, McMenamin reported that both James and Davis did not actually support the idea of the Lakers doing nothing at the deadline. In fact, McMenamin, citing a source close to James and Davis, said that Pelinka’s statement about being in “alignment” with them was “totally false.”

That is a pretty bad look for the Lakers, especially since it was blatantly obvious, even to the casual fan, that something had to change with their roster. Even worse is the report claiming that the Lakers had a significant trade offer on the table but turned it down.

Before the trade deadline even passed, rumors abounded that the Lakers’ star players were pressuring the front office into making a change. As such, it sounds like they do not appreciate Pelinka’s suggestion that all sides had essentially agreed to do nothing.

Photo: Sep 27, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka answers a question during the Lakers media day at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo, CA. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis makes interesting admission amid Lakers’ struggles

Anthony Davis in his Lakers uniform

The Los Angeles Lakers fell to 25-28 after Thursday’s last-second loss to the Clippers, meaning the team would be stuck in the play-in tournament if the playoffs began today. That is a far cry from where the team expected to be at this point of the season.

The Lakers’ struggles appear to be having an impact on Anthony Davis in particular. Davis was candid after Thursday’s loss, admitting that winning a title in his first year with the team “spoiled” him and that he is determined not to fall into a similar situation that he faced in New Orleans.

“I just want to win,” Davis told Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times. “I’ve had seasons where I’ve lost a lot in New Orleans. And it weighed on me. And then I came here and I got spoiled with winning my first year. Second year, we go to the playoffs and I feel like we could’ve still been successful if I didn’t have the injury. And this year, everyone counted us out. Said we were old. The whole locker room, we’ve got guys who have chips on their shoulders.

“But for me personally, I just want to win. I don’t want to go back to having losing seasons.”

Davis made it to the playoffs just twice with New Orleans and only got past the first round once. After winning the championship in his first season with the Lakers, he likely anticipated that he and LeBron James would be perennial contenders. Instead, injuries have hindered the team, and they did not get out of the first round in the 2021 postseason.

Davis is still only 28, but he’s been plagued by injuries and the team he’s playing on isn’t getting any younger. Combine that with lingering chatter about LeBron James’ future and it’s understandable that some uncertainty may creep in. Between the losses and the inability to stay healthy, Davis’ frustration seemed to boil over a bit with this sort of honest admission.

Photo: Dec 18, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) against the Phoenix Suns during a preseason game at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports