Lakers’ Anthony Davis has just one regret about his exit from Pelicans
Anthony Davis is having a terrific season with the Los Angeles Lakers, and for the first time in his career, he’s part of a team that has a legitimate shot at winning an NBA championship.
If you’re a Lakers fan, you’re probably all smiles right now. But if you’re someone who rooted for Davis back when he was with the New Orleans Pelicans, you probably still hold a grudge, especially with his antics last season. From the controversial trade request to wearing a “that’s all, folks” shirt for the Pelicans’ final game, it’s hard to imagine any New Orleans supporter forgiving AD easily.
Stadium’s Shams Charania had a chance to interview Davis, who was asked if he had any regrets about how things played out last season. While Davis initially said he wouldn’t change anything, he then admitted he wouldn’t have flipped off a fan while walking off the court (answer starting at about 5:30 mark):
Lakers star Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) sits down for @Stadium video interview: Lessons from LeBron — love toward NOLA and emotional return game Nov. 27 — his biggest regret with Pelicans exit — when he almost quit basketball — Chicago legacy and more. pic.twitter.com/LJM45AgsOA
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 13, 2019
Davis went on to say he wouldn’t change anything about the process of his exit, which drew plenty of criticism for the public nature of it.
Davis spent his first seven seasons in New Orleans, where he made a name for himself as one of the best players in the league. Unfortunately, he was only able to lead the franchise to the playoffs twice. The Pelicans were unable to surround AD with enough talent to give him a shot at winning an NBA title, which eventually led to his decision to demand a trade.
The Pelicans ultimately shipped Davis to the Lakers back in June. Fortunately for New Orleans, they were able to land the first overall pick in this year’s draft, and they used it to select Zion Williamson.
As the dust settled, one could argue that AD and the Pelicans both won thanks to their breakup, though New Orleans is off to a rough start thanks to Williamson’s injury and a 2-8 record.