Lakers newcomer Anthony Davis reacts to ‘atmosphere’ of debut and mindset after loss to Clippers
LOS ANGELES – The Anthony Davis era did not get off to a great start for the Los Angeles Lakers. The division rival L.A. Clippers were able to come out on top against the dynamic duo of Davis and LeBron James, beating them by 10, 112-102.
Although it wasn’t the result the team wanted or anticipated, Davis got a chance to feel what it is like to be Laker even on the road (technically). The Lakers may have been the away team at Staples Center on Tuesday night against Kawhi Leonard and company, but it sure didn’t feel that way in the building. From fans booing loudly during the announcement of the Clippers’ starting lineup to MVP chants while LeBron and Davis took turns at the free-throw line, it left an impression on the new Lakers superstar.
“This game was everything I expected,” Davis said of his debut. “It was a very anticipated game. It was fun. The crowd made us feel at home on the road. It was a great atmosphere.”
Despite the reception Davis received in his first regular-season game for the Lakers, the result remains the same. The purple and gold are 0-1 to start the 2019-20 campaign, but Davis isn’t panicking, nor should he be, especially after putting a fairly solid stat line in his debut with 25 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks.
“It’s the first game,” Davis said. “We’re not down or upset. We are staying level-headed going into the next game. We’re going to look at film tomorrow and figure out what we can do better on both ends of the floor. We will make some adjustments and then get ready to go to Utah.”
Contrary to Davis’ comments about going to face the Jazz in Utah, the Lakers will host Mike Conley’s squad on Friday at the Staples Center in the team’s home opener. It will be the first time Davis will get a true reception from Lakers fans on their home floor.