Last week LeBron James caused a bit of a firestorm when he answered a question from a reporter on whether he wanted Pelicans’ superstar Anthony Davis to join the Lakers.
Ahead of Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans visiting the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time this season on Friday, LeBron James openly pondered what having the All-Star forward alongside him in purple and gold at Staples Center would be like.
“That would be amazing,” James told ESPN on Tuesday before the Lakers’ 115-110 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, referring to the Lakers landing Davis through a trade. “That would be amazing, like, duh. That would be incredible.”
Apparently several GMs of small market GMs were pretty pissed off that the league didn’t fine LeBron for tampering over his comments about Davis.
Several GMs told ESPN that they reached out to New Orleans Pelicans GM Dell Demps to express dismay over what they perceive as the NBA’s tacid endorsement of James’ comments to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin calling the possibility of Davis’ arrival as “amazing” and “incredible.”
“It’s New Orleans’ problem today, and a problem with a different player tomorrow for the rest of us,” one Eastern Conference GM told ESPN. “It’s open season on small markets and our players.”
“If these are the rules, enforce them,” one Western Conference GM told ESPN. “If you want to push Anthony Davis in L.A., if you allow LeBron to interfere with teams, then just do it. Change the rules, and say, ‘It’s the wild, wild west and anything goes.’
While speaking to the media after last night’s Lakers-Pelicans game LeBron mocked his critics by naming more players he wanted to play with in a sarcastic tone. LeBron also went on to say that those GMs who criticized him are trying to control him and are angry that they can’t.
James: Ask me would I like to play with Kevin Durant?
Reporter: Would you like to play with Kevin Durant?
James: Absolutely. Ask me would I like to play with Jimmy Butler. Ask me about Kyrie Irving Giannis. Ask me about [Joel] Embiid. Ben Simmons. All of them. Luka Doncic. Ask me right now. Come on guys, it’s not rocket science. These are great players, absolutely. I would like to play with great players because that’s who I am.
People get caught up in bunches, sometimes when they wish you can control what they say, but they can’t control me at all. And I play by the rules.
The Lakers and LeBron are eventually going to form another super team in L.A. whether the NBA or GMs like it or not.