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21:35  14 july  2019
21:35  14 july  2019 Source:   hoopshype.com

In first public comments since Lakers trade, Anthony Davis says 'titles' are 'only thing' on his mind

In first public comments since Lakers trade, Anthony Davis says 'titles' are 'only thing' on his mind It’s all about championships now for Anthony Davis. Davis, after a rocky 2018-19 season that featured a messy public trade request from the New Orleans Pelicans, got his wish: a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers. The trade won’t become official until Saturday, but Davis is already in Los Angeles getting used to life as LeBron James’ teammate. Davis made his first public comments since the trade to the Los Angeles Times over the weekend. He wouldn’t get into specifics about the move until the transaction is made official by the league, but he made it clear what his mindset is moving forward.

Anthony Davis will wear No. 3 for the Lakers during the upcoming season as LeBron James holds onto No. 23–a decision made after James gifted his new teammate the number Davis told reporters at his introductory press conference Saturday that the number change was "pretty hurtful, to be honest.”

LeBron James, not Anthony Davis , will wear No. 23 with the Lakers next season, even though James wanted to give his number to his new teammate . Yahoo Sports' Chris B. Haynes reported Friday that the switch was put off for a year because Nike, the uniform manufacturer, did not grant permission.

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Anthony Davis was officially introduced as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday afternoon but Saturday also showed a side to Davis that we've yet to really see over the years. It's also one that figures to vibe with the leadership style of LeBron James, which often relies heavily on good-natured ribbing between teammates.

During an interview with Allie Clifton of Spectrum SportsNet in L.A., Davis was asked about the chemistry he already has with DeMarcus Cousins and whether it could work with the Lakers as it did in New Orleans. Davis and Cousins outscored their opponents by 5.8 points per 100 possessions during their 42 games together in the 2017-18 season, prior to Cousins tearing his Achilles and missing the rest of the season.

Lakers' DeMarcus Cousins thrilled to be back with Anthony Davis: 'We never wanted it to end'

Lakers' DeMarcus Cousins thrilled to be back with Anthony Davis: 'We never wanted it to end' Now that they are both with the Lakers, Cousins admitted he and Davis talked about reuniting "numerous times."

LeBron James gratuitously offered his new teammate Anthony Davis the no. 23 jersey in his debut season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Not to mention, Nike has already poured out millions of dollars on LBJ inventory going into next season, so having the obsolete no. 23 wind up on a clearance rack

LeBron James was ready to give new Lakers teammate Anthony Davis his cherished No. 23 for the upcoming season as a “Welcome to Los Angeles” present. James will not change his number this upcoming season “out of consideration for fans who already purchased James’ jersey and to avoid

But while he explained why it could work, he took the question as an opening to say that actually, it's LeBron who is teaming up with the Pelicans of 2017-18, not the other way around.

Davis is the most accomplished teammate LeBron has ever had this side of Dwyane Wade and he's already bringing some much-needed levity to the Lakers situation after drama has been their operating principle.

But Davis' quickness to joke and even poke fun at LeBron likely bodes well for his ability to deal with the pressure cooker that is being on a team with the most talked about basketball player in the world.

Sources: Anthony Davis wearing LeBron's No. 23 with Lakers on hold

Sources: Anthony Davis wearing LeBron's No. 23 with Lakers on hold Sources: Anthony Davis wearing LeBron's No. 23 with Lakers on hold

During his second stint with the Cavaliers, LeBron assisted on 502 of Kevin Love’s baskets, more than any other teammate by a significant margin. Regardless of who else is on the team , these are some ways LeBron and Davis will work together. If new coach Frank Vogel elects to stagger their minutes

Filed Under: Anthony Davis , Lakers, LeBron James. EL SEGUNDO (CBSLA) — To quote LeBron James, “AD is on da way.” James is expected to be on hand when the Lakers formally introduce his new teammate Saturday at a noon press conference at the UCLA Health Training Center.

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