Anthony Davis going to the Los Angeles Lakers figured to be one of the largest signings in the NBA this year. And he did not disappoint in his first game.
Late last week, Davis debuted for the Purple and Gold. And went ahead from the get-go to dismantle the Curry-led Golden State Warriors, 123-101. Despite playing for only 18 minutes, Anthony Davis played as if it were his last game. During the short stint, Davis dropped 22 points and collected 10 rebounds. He also shot 9 of 16 from the field. Incidentally, the preseason game served as his first arena game in seven months. Davis figured in an injury late last season that forced his team to shut him down. Fortunately, Davis has overcome his injuries and looks to wreak havoc in the league this time.
During the press conference after the game, Lakers coach Frank Vogel had this to say regarding Davis.
“He’s a monster. It’s going to be very difficult to slow him down with what we have around him. I’m excited about what he’s going to do. Lakers fans should be, too.”
Anthony Davis and Lebron James set a high bar for the Lakers
Suffice it to say, much is expected from the Lakers this year. With the signing of Davis and his subsequent pairing with James, no less than the championship is expected from them. However, the NBA Western Conference figures to be very, very deep. Accordingly, across town, another duo works to dismantle them too. Clippers’ Kahwi Leonard and Paul George figure to be major threats for the Lakers this year. Furthermore, Houston’s Westbrook and Harden, and Denver’s Jokic and Murray all stand in their way.
However, the Lakers roster figures to be the best they have in more than 6 years. Hence, one can expect a wild ride for the Purple and Gold this time around.
The NBA tips off late October.