Hours before tip-off of Game 1, feelings of excitement, pride, and optimism are bussing around the city of Los Angeles.
After a decade of failure, the Lakers are finally back at the top, fighting for an NBA Championship while being led by some of the best players on the planet.
For Anthony Davis, who is un unfamiliar territory, the overwhelming success he has achieved this season is something he never wants to depart from. In a chat with Chris Haynes, he described a bit of what it is like to be at this stage with a teammate like LeBron James.
“You see the work and preparation LeBron puts in every day, and you understand why this is his 10th NBA Finals appearance. He never stops. I plan to follow this motherf---er to hopefully nine more Finals.”
“I don’t want to have long gaps in between Finals,” Davis told Yahoo Sports. “You look at [Rajon Rondo], he’s 10 years removed from his last Finals, and Dwight [Howard] is 11 years out. I don’t want that to happen to me. I want to be here. I came to Los Angeles to contend for championships and I’ve put in the work to do so.”
Anthony Davis has the chance to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and that possibility has been a talking point all year long.
But why leave L.A. now? LeBron looks as great as he's ever been, the Lakers are back on top of the world, and the community is finally taking notice of how special he really is.
In the midst of everything that has happened, the Purple and Gold are somehow coming out of it all in a better place than where they started and A.D. seems to be loving every minute.