One of the many reasons why Anthony Davis angled for a trade to the Lakers (apart from LeBron James) was market visibility.
AD seems to have gotten his wish. He’s definitely become a lot more high-profile as a premier Los Angeles sportsperson than he was in New Orleans. Anthony Davis raised his profile even further with a bullish run through the 2020 NBA bubble playoffs.
This purple patch of on-court form has spurred a lot of off-court success for him as well. AD featured in a commercial broadcast during last night’s Super Bowl, starring alongside Peyton Manning and Serena Williams. This is a landmark feat and a dream of sorts for players in USA.
LeBron James congratulated Anthony Davis for bagging Super Bowl commercial
Speaking after the Lakers beat the Pistons in double-overtime Saturday night, LeBron congratulated his teammate for this commercial success:
“Why am I just hearing about this? If you’ve got a commercial on Super Bowl Sunday, you’re doing something right. I know how much those commercials cost.”
“I remember how much it cost to get. And it depends if it’s first quarter, second quarter, third quarter, halftime and fourth quarter. And if you get a 30 (second commercial) compared to a 60 or 90. That number goes up from there. I’m going to clock his and see how much time he got.”
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) February 7, 2021
At the age of 27, Anthony Davis is smack in the middle of his athletic prime and ready to build his legacy. The 6’10” big man has the potential to be considered right alongside Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal and Pau Gasol as a Lakers legend.
The Super Bowl turned out to be a resounding success with all the storylines going into it. Although the game was boring (according to Magic Johnson, anyway), Tom Brady’s win finished a perfect script.