It’s a perfectly millennial tale.
Anthony Davis, sitting in a hotel room in Malibu on a Saturday afternoon in June, was tuned into a movie when his agent, Rich Paul, called him. Davis, still a New Orleans Pelican as far as he knew, let the call go to voicemail. He wanted to keep watching the flick.
Paul rang again. This time, Davis not only didn’t answer, he sent it straight to voicemail.
But then it hit the 26-year-old superstar. After all, his name had only been in trade discussions for months.
So, when he couldn’t reach Paul in his attempts to call him back, Davis popped open Instagram. That’s when he found out he’d been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers and would be teaming up with LeBron James.
On Saturday, the Lakers introduced Davis in his No. 3 jersey to the media. General manager Rob Pelinka declared him as “the most dominant young basketball player in the world.”
“We want a decade of dominance out of him,” the GM later added.
Despite missing out on the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes, Davis believes Los Angeles’ roster can best any other team in the league, especially in a balanced Western Conference.
“I’ll put our roster up against anybody,” he said.