Lakers All-Star Anthony Davis has a $28.7 million player option on his contract for the 2020-21 season. For this reason, some experts are already speculating about his future with the team. The former Kentucky Wildcat seemed to brush this notion aside during Tuesday's media availability, noting that he would like to follow LeBron James on the championship trail for many seasons to come.
“You see the work and preparation LeBron puts in every day, and you understand why this is his 10th NBA Finals appearance. He never stops. I plan to follow this motherf—er to hopefully nine more Finals,” Lakers superstar Anthony Davis told Yahoo Sports. “We’re all ready to go.”
“I knew what I wanted,” Davis added. “I wanted what he had,” pointing to James, a four-time champion who was shooting before practice began on Tuesday.
It's nice that Anthony Davis views LeBron James in this light, but he shouldn't sell himself short. The Brow, who joined the Lakers prior to the start of this season, has been a driving force for his team, especially in the playoffs. In fact, he's leading the NBA in postseason win shares (3.3). And let's not forget about the game-winner he hit against the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
Davis has made it to the playoffs before, but he's never managed to get past the second round. With the Lakers, though, he's hoping to make several trips to the NBA's biggest stage:
“I don’t want to have long gaps in between Finals,” Lakers big man Anthony Davis told Yahoo Sports. “You look at [Rajon Rondo], he’s 10 years removed from his last Finals, and Dwight [Howard] is 11 years out. I don’t want that to happen to me. I want to be here. I came to Los Angeles to contend for championships and I’ve put in the work to do so.”
Davis won't have to wait much longer to suit up for the Lakers in the Finals, as Game 1 is set for Wednesday night. Notably, the team hasn't made it this far in 10 seasons.