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Anthony Davis

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.

Anthony Davis in danger of missing Lakers’ bubble opener against Clippers

The LA Clippers will not be at full strength for Thursday’s official bubble opener, but their opponents might not be either.

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel told the media on Tuesday that there is “some concern” that star big man Anthony Davis might not play against the Clippers, per Brad Turner of the LA Times. Davis was poked in the eye during Saturday’s scrimmage and is still experiencing discomfort.

The seven-time All-Star missed Tuesday’s practice session and was spotted on the sidelines wearing a pair of sunglasses.

In addition to the uncertainty over Davis, the Lakers will be without guard Rajon Rondo, who continues to recover from a broken thumb. The Clippers, meanwhile, will not have Lou Williams for Thursday’s game, who is under mandatory ten-day quarantine because of bizarre circumstances. Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley are also uncertain after recently departing the bubble for excused absences, meaning that Thursday’s opener may not have quite the expected star power on both sides.

Report: Lakers should have no issue re-signing Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis Lakers

Like almost all other businesses across the country, NBA teams are dealing with some unexpected financial issues as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. That could have a direct impact on free agency, and some have wondered if the Los Angeles Lakers will have a difficult time bringing back Anthony Davis.

Apparently that is not a major concern. In a lengthy piece examining what teams are doing to offset the losses from not having fans at games and playing a shorter season, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst cited sources who say the Lakers should have no issue re-signing Davis.

Davis has a $28 million player option for the 2020-21 season, and he will almost certainly decline it. He will then be eligible to sign a five-year deal with the Lakers that is worth roughly $200 million. While all teams stand to lose a significant amount of revenue, Windhorst notes that the Lakers have a $200 million television deal and could raise $300 million in a season without selling a single ticket.

Before the pandemic, there was speculation that Davis could sign a 1-and-1 deal with the Lakers, which would allow him to opt out again and be eligible for — in theory — an even bigger max extension following the 2021-22 season. However, he may be more likely to sign a long-term contract now with so much financial uncertainty surrounding the league.

Davis already turned down one contract offer from the Lakers, but that was more of a technicality than anything. No matter what the circumstances, it would be a surprise if LA lets the big man walk.

Lakers fans, show everyone who runs LA with this great T-shirt. It makes a perfect gift for you or a friend. You can buy it here.

Anthony Davis explains why he will use his last name on back of jersey

Anthony Davis Lakers

Anthony Davis won’t be wearing a social justice message on the back of his jersey when the NBA restarts, though he admitted he thought long and hard about it.

Davis cited the importance of his last name, and how he represents it every time he plays, as being key to his decision.

This means two of the most prominent Laker players will not use a name off the NBA’s approved list, though LeBron James’ stated reason is different than Davis’.

Davis is averaging 26.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game this season and will be a key part of any title run the Lakers make.