Anthony Davis has thrown his weight behind Russell Westbrook and James Harden following their trade demand to join other teams.
Currently an unrestricted free agent, the big man was the defensive mainstay for the Lakers all through 2019-20. He’s expected to sign a supermax contract with the Lakers this season. Many look upon him as the next dominant player of the NBA following LeBron James’s decline.
Davis appeared on Da Windy City podcast recently. Among the many topics they discussed was the Houston Rockets’ current predicament. Davis’s thoughts on this are quite relevant given how he was in a similar position 2 seasons ago.
Why does the player look bad?: Anthony Davis sympathises with James Harden and Russ
When AD demanded a trade away from New Orleans, that was because he wanted to be on a team contending for a championship. The Lakers became instant favorites once they acquired Davis, despite gutting their depth.
Anthony Davis is about to get that BAG! 💰 pic.twitter.com/l9a3dXscoF
— NBA Retweet (@RTNBA) November 16, 2020
The Lakers man pointed out how both Westbrook and Harden should be allowed to do what they want to, as they are looking to win NBA Championships.
“I always dreamt of being an NBA champion along with many other things. It’s something I can scratch off the list of accomplishments, but I definitely don’t want to make this the only one.”
“Guys never played on the professional level how you going to say whats great for the league? You never played in the league. You don’t know whats great for the league. Players should have the ability to control their own destiny and do what they want to do.”
“I just went through it not too long ago. If a team trades a player now it’s all about business, it’s the business side of basketball. But when a player asks to leave or want to control their own destiny, then the player looks bad. I think the players are just gaining control of their careers back and doing what they want to do whats best for them and their families. If someone gets mad at that who cares? I don’t.”
We just saw how gutted Ricky Rubio was following the CP3 trade. The NBA is definitely a business, and players shouldn’t be held to standards of loyalty that teams don’t follow with them.