At the forward/center’s introductory news conference Saturday, newly minted Lakers star Anthony Davis made a declaration of confidence in his new team.
“I would put our roster up against anybody,” Davis said. “I feel like that in a seven-game series that we would come out victorious.”
Davis said the chance to play with James — whom he considers a friend, has been a teammate of in All-Star Games and an Olympics, and with whom he shares an agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports — made the prospect of leaving the only NBA team he ever has played for easier to process.
“Obviously, it was tough for me to leave a city that I’ve been playing for for seven years, but I think it was best for me and it was my time,” Davis said. “But when I found out I was getting traded to the Lakers, I realized it was an unbelievable opportunity for me to be here with a wonderful organization, and then to play alongside LeBron and obviously now the players that we have now … to get the opportunity to do that and come here and play for an organization that’s all about winning — forget winning, winning championships, and that’s the only goal — I think that was the biggest thing for me. Just the relief there, of not knowing the unknown anymore and knowing where I was going to be next season.”
“I’ll put our roster up against anybody.”
Anthony Davis is very confident in his new team’s roster. pic.twitter.com/Ai2BtdQTTS
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 13, 2019
Davis is on the final year of his contract, set to pay him $27.1 million this season.
Although, according to sources, he intends to re-sign with the Lakers long term in the summer of 2020, he did not commit to that publicly Saturday.
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