I'm watching in a restaurant with no audio. What did he say?
On another note, that's a lot of empty seats for a Friday night game.
This is spot on. Anthony Davis can bail on the team while attempting to manipulate a trade yet the Pelicans can't act in their own obvious best interests?paraphrasing of course and he did take a small jab at Gayle but it was basically "Gayle Benson had a perfect opportunity to stand up for all small market teams and their owners and blew. How dare the NBA threaten the Pelicans with fines and other punishment if they don't play AD, If I was Gayle I would have asked the Commissioner how much do I make the check out for. It's absurd that AD can do whats best for him and the NBA can do whats best for them but the Pelicans can't do whats best for the Franchise"
Tf are you surprised about bruh? You just told this fanbase and franchise not only to go screw themselves, but take whatever trash L.A. has becuase thats where I want to go next."That was definitely awkward," Davis said. "Boo? OK. It doesn't matter to me. I'm going to go out there and play basketball. I was [surprised]. But hey, that's life, man. Some people are not gonna like me. I'm just happy to be back on the floor playing the game that I love."
In my opinion I don't think the fine would have been the problem. The league also threatened them with loss of draft picks. I believe the way to rebuild this franchise the right way will be through acquiring young talent and if the league starts stripping us of the picks we aquire in any trade would have been tough to swallow and I doubt they would have taken away meaningless picks. They would have hit us where they can hurt us the most especially with the way the Lakers are being portrayed as the victims in this whole mess.paraphrasing of course and he did take a small jab at Gayle but it was basically "Gayle Benson had a perfect opportunity to stand up for all small market teams and their owners and blew. How dare the NBA threaten the Pelicans with fines and other punishment if they don't play AD, If I was Gayle I would have asked the Commissioner how much do I make the check out for. It's absurd that AD can do whats best for him and the NBA can do whats best for them but the Pelicans can't do whats best for the Franchise"
I have some mixed feelings about all this.
Would AD feel better about playing here if the arena was more than 30% full?
And with respect to Jeff Van Gundy last night, he is spot on. What’s interesting to me is that the reason the league is twisting the Pels arm is for TV ratings so they play Marquee players. JVD is a television commentator. He’s part of the quilt and he’s willing to speak out. Good for him.
I agree. I don’t fault him for any of that. But the way he has gone about it (and all of the public tampering) is an issue and is completely his fault. The team’s roster moves have no bearing on him doing that and breaking rules.Frankly, I have no problem with a guy who wants to re-sign with a team that he believes will give him a much improved shot at a title. I wasn't upset when Rickey Jackson went to San Francisco to get his ring because I believe that he did all he could to make the Saints a 'champion'. Obviously I would have no problem with a great player who is playing for a losing NFL franchise to consider signing with the Saints when he becomes a free agent if he can truly contribute and considers our organization as having the best shot at getting him a ring.
Just because Davis is the face of the franchise doesn't mean that he is obligated to stay here. But I do believe that if the Pelicans could assemble a top notch team around him that is ready to break through for a championship, he'd be happy as a lark to stay here. I don't believe that he has a problem with the city itself or the fans. He just wants to win a title while he still has the physical ability to make a difference for a team in the NBA.