After seven seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis returned to the city he called home for the first time as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Considering all that happened during the 2018-19 NBA season highlighted by the January trade request, Davis was booed every time he touched the basketball.
While Davis was forcing the action in the first half, he eventually calmed down and finished with 41 points, which was the most by a player against his former team.
Following the 114-110 win, Davis was ‘thankful’ for the Lakers and what they have accomplished so far through their 16-2 record, according to Spectrum SportsNet:
I’m thankful… thankful for this guy No. 23, thankful for the Lakers organization. Man, they been nothing but great to me and we’ve been able to compete at a high level. They put me in great situations and like I said, we’re trying to do something special. They put the right pieces around me and Bron to do so, but I’m thankful for the game of basketball.”
Originally the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Davis was loyal to New Orleans, but it was time for a change. In seven seasons, the Pelicans were unable to build a contender around him and as a result, only made two NBA playoff appearances.
Although it is difficult for a small market team to trade a generational talent, both sides did well considering the circumstances. As Davis has a legitimate chance to win his first NBA championship, the Pelicans are in position for a quick rebuild.
With Davis finally getting this game out of the way, all of the attention shifts to staying relatively healthy and building chemistry with his teammates. While the Lakers have the best record, December will present numerous challenges.