Lakers’ Anthony Davis reacts to James Harden trade, L.A. making road history
The blockbuster trade that the Brooklyn Nets conducted for James Harden on Wednesday rang throughout the NBA. After the Los Angeles Lakers took care of business against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Anthony Davis reacted to Harden’s trade and the Lakers’ early success on the road.
Anthony Davis on the Nets’ moves: “They look good on paper and we’ll see how it goes when those guys get in between the lines and get a chance to play alongside each other”
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 14, 2021
Anthony Davis is familiar with being traded and having to adjust to a new team that has its sights on making it to the NBA Finals. The All-Star power forward was dealt to the Lakers before the 2019-2020 season, with many wondering if he would succeed alongside LeBron James.
The duo of Anthony Davis and James would lead Los Angeles to their 17th NBA Championship last season, proving the naysayers wrong. While Davis realizes the talent that the Nets now have with James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving — if he returns this season — he also knows that sometimes a team could look better on paper than they do on the court together.
At the same time, Davis and the Lakers improved to 7-0 on the road to begin the season, which is a franchise record. After handily taking down a rebuilding Thunder squad, Davis spoke about Los Angeles’ ability to give it their all regardless of the venue.
“Is it really a road game? You don’t know. There’s no fans,” Davis told reporters on a video conference call after the Thunder game, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “So, the court [design] is the only difference. But we go out and try to compete each and every night. We’re still trying to figure things out, and when we get a win out of it, it just makes it a bonus.”
The Lakers seem to be cruising to begin the season and look to be the favorites to repeat as NBA champions. That is unless the Nets have anything to say about it with their new addition of Harden.