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Anthony Davis shares why Kobe Bryant Lakers jerseys mean more

Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers are planning to wear their Kobe Bryant Black Mamba jerseys during the NBA Finals, and Anthony Davis says those jerseys carry special meaning.

The Black Mamba jersey was co-designed by the late Bryant, who was among nine people who died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. The jersey features a snakeskin print on the outside and has 16 stars on the side panels, representing the Lakers’ 16 NBA championships.

The Lakers plan to wear the jerseys for Game 2 and a Game 7 if necessary.

“When we put those jerseys on, we for sure play with an extra energy and effort,” Davis said of the Black Mamba jerseys. “Because we can’t lose in those jerseys. It’s like a pride thing — we cannot lose in those jerseys. And not from a cockiness standpoint, but more so like, if we lose in those jerseys, it feels like we’re letting him down. We just want to make him proud.”

The Lakers dedicated the rest of the season to Bryant, who won five championships with the Lakers. Davis and James both got tattoos to commemorate the late Lakers legend.

Playing for an NBA championship is already enough reason to be motivated. Playing for Kobe on top of that gives the Lakers even more focus.

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LeBron James explains how Anthony Davis’ unibrow is key to their relationship

Anthony Davis

LeBron James and Anthony Davis have successfully teamed up this season and have the Los Angeles Lakers a win away from the NBA Finals. The two have nice on-court chemistry, and even have a funny indicator that is critical to their relationship.

James shared after Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday how he uses Davis’ unibrow to gauge whether to talk with the big man.

“See how low his brow is. If his brow is really low, then you know not to talk to him,” James said, via Melissa Rohlin. “If it’s higher, then he’s accepted the fact that you’re allowed to come into his office and talk to him. Yesterday his brow was very low.”

That means Davis had an all-business attitude on Wednesday ahead of Game 4. The focus paid off with a 34-point game.

Davis is averaging nearly 29 points per game this postseason and has been especially effective against Denver. In the Lakers’ series with the Nuggets, Davis is averaging 32.3 points per game and has been the star on offense.

Davis must have been keeping his brow especially low the past two weeks. His comments after hitting the winning shot in Game 2 seemed to confirm that focus.

Video: Anthony Davis goes down with ankle injury in Game 4

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis suffered an ankle injury during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday night.

Davis’ Los Angeles Lakers were up 96-92 on the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter when the big man attempted a jump shot from the elbow. As he came down, Davis turned his ankle and was grabbing it while on the ground.

Paul Millsap was called for a foul on the play, and then the game went to a timeout.

When play resumed, Davis remained in the game and attempted two free throws, making one of them. He seemed to be fine despite the scare and even threw down a dunk.

Davis entered the game averaging 31.7 points per game in the series. He was hot once again and scored over 30 points in Game 4.

Anthony Davis had great comment about his game-winning shot

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis took over late for the Los Angeles Lakers in their 105-103 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on Sunday night and had a great interview afterwards.

Davis scored the final 10 points for the Lakers and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to bury the Nuggets.

He made the 3-pointer over Nikola Jokic, and it went in without a doubt.

Davis continued to show his confidence during his postgame interview with Allie LaForce.

“No,” Davis replied quickly when asked if there was a doubt about who would take the shot. “I looked at (Rajon) Rondo the whole time. People talk about never being in this moment, pressure, am I ready for it? I want to take those shots, I want the big-time plays.”

Davis showed serious confidence in his postgame interview, and that matched the confidence he showed down the stretch.

Davis led the Lakers with 31 points in the Game 2 win. He led the team with 37 points in Game 1. He has been the difference for the Lakers so far.

ESPN reporter Maria Taylor addresses her egregious All-NBA voting error

Maria Taylor

ESPN reporter Maria Taylor addressed her egregious All-NBA voting error via Twitter on Saturday.

The NBA on Saturday released the official voting results from all the awards. One voting result that stood out was Taylor’s All-NBA ballot.

The ESPN reporter omitted Anthony Davis from her list. She even voted for Joel Embiid and Bam Adebayo at center over Davis. That made it pretty clear that she had just flat-out forgot about the Los Angeles Lakers big man.

After receiving attention for the issue, Taylor admitted that she had made a “mistake.”

The rest of Taylor’s ballot made plenty of sense. Here is what she had:

1st team: James Harden, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic

2nd Team: Luka Doncic, Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid

3rd Team: Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler, Khris Middleton, Pascal Siakam and Bam Adebayo

Leaving Davis off seemed like a clear oversight, because there is no way she would have Adebayo ahead of him otherwise.

This is the second time this week Taylor finds herself in the middle of a controversy. The last one drew some headlines as well.

Report: Anthony Davis willing to switch to center against Rockets

Anthony Davis

Having dropped the first game of their series against the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers need to make an adjustment. Anthony Davis could be the one to provide it for them.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reported on Saturday that Davis is willing to slide up to center against Houston. Davis usually plays the power forward spot, but Houston’s small-ball lineup appears to be necessitating a change.

The 6-fooot-10 Davis has long been hesitant to play the 5, even dating back to his time in New Orleans. The Pelicans had to pay the likes of Alexis Ajinca and Omer Asik to play the center position instead. But the Rockets do not have a traditional seven-footer to bump Davis around down low. In fact, 6-foot-7 Robert Covington is the tallest player in their starting lineup.

Having Davis at center would also allow for the Lakers to spread the floor with another shooter instead of a Dwight Howard or a JaVale McGee. It could force someone like James Harden to work harder on defense as well. Harden often hid on McGee and Howard in the halfcourt in Game 1.

In any case, the future of the big man is on trial in this series. Davis’ looming move to the 5 spot probably gives you an indication of where the jury is leaning right now.

Anthony Davis takes funny jab at LeBron James

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis took a funny jab at his teammate LeBron James on Thursday night.

Davis and James were feeling pretty good after their Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-88 in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. Davis paid some respect to James, talking about what an influence the veteran has been.

Davis decided to get cheeky about James’ age and joked about the 25 years James has been playing the NBA. James heard the joke and responded to Davis with the F-word.

The two were obviously just joking around with each other. Fans will appreciate that they felt comfortable doing so after being all-business before that.

Davis had 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lakers in their victory. There’s a reason we said the road to the NBA Finals goes through him.

Why the road to the NBA Finals in the West goes through Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

Regardless of how you feel about LeBron James as a basketball player, there is no denying the impact he has had on the NBA. Even off the court, James is always thinking multiple moves ahead of his opponents. When James’ 13-year playoff streak was broken last season during his first campaign with the Lakers, it surprised no one to learn that the King had concocted a new plan.

That plan was appeasing Anthony Davis’ trade request by acquiring the seven-time All-Star from the New Orleans Pelicans.

With “The Brow” donning purple and gold, James took on a new challenge in his 17th season, making the transition to being the Lakers’ primary point guard. James passed this new test with flying colors, as he sits poised to capture his first assist title, while also leading the Lakers to the top record in the Western Conference. When the postseason begins, the Lakers can rest assured that James will continue to deliver his Hall of Fame-level contributions on a nightly basis. Still, it will be Davis, who will ultimately determine their fate.

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Anthony Davis picture became a meme after Lakers’ win

Anthony Davis

A photo of Anthony Davis after the Los Angeles Lakers’ win over the rival Clippers on Thursday night went viral.

Davis poked his head into LeBron James’ postgame news conference, which was captured in a photo by reporter Ben Golliver.

The photo of Davis peaking in for a look was funny to many, who then fired up the memes and jokes. Take a look:

Davis didn’t get quite the love that LeBron got on Thursday, but he led the Lakers with 34 points in their 103-101 win. The Lakers entered the resumed season in Orlando as the top-ranked team in the Western Conference and are now closing in on the Bucks for the best overall record in the league.

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LeBron James compares Anthony Davis to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with new look

Anthony Davis is going with some new goggles to protect his injured eye, even if he is far from the first Los Angeles Lakers big man to sport the look.

The seven-time All-Star Davis was photographed at practice on Wednesday rocking the specks. He had missed a session earlier this week after being poked in the eye during Saturday’s scrimmage.

Fellow Lakers star LeBron James left a comment on Instagram comparing Davis to the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who rocked the goggles for the better part of his 20-year NBA career.

Davis now appears to be on track to suit up for Thursday’s official bubble opener against the rival LA Clippers. As for the goggles look, it definitely seems to be in style once again.