LeBron James said Tuesday it would the “amazing” to play with Anthony Davis on the Lakers. And as cool as that must be for any player to hear, Davis has more pressing fish to fry with the Pelicans.
“I don’t really care,” Davis told ESPN on Wednesday after New Orleans lost 123-155 to Milwaukee. “Obviously, it’s cool to hear any high-caliber player say they want to play with me. But my job is to turn this team around. If we’re 15-17, that means I’m not doing my job.”
Davis seemed to do his job in Wednesday’s loss with 27 points with 11 rebounds and three blocks, but like many other games this seasons, the 25-year-old superstar’s impact wasn’t enough for a win. He’s averaging 28.0 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.7 blocks per game for a Pelicans team that’s 13th in the Western Conference.
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The inability of New Orleans to get over the hump despite Davis’ efforts have most believing he’ll sign elsewhere when he hits free agency in the summer of 2020, or, if the Pelicans don’t want to be high and dry, be traded before then.
“When that time comes, of course we will see,” Davis said of the pressure-packed next 18 months of his life. “Right now, my focus is on my team.”
Of that team, Davis admitted to Yahoo last month he feels he carries the bulk of the pressure for New Orleans to win.
“I know that in order to win games, a lot of pressure is going to be on me,” he said. “I got to play almost perfect every night to give us a chance to win. … I don’t try to put too much pressure on myself, but I know it’s there.”
Surely, James can related to that sentiment in Los Angeles. And though Davis told ESPN, “I love my teammates. I love New Orleans,” it may be nice for him to share the load with another perennial MVP contender.