Anthony Davis: Nets ‘definitely a threat’ to Lakers following James Harden trade
Anthony Davis has evidently taken notice of how the Brooklyn Nets are starting to develop some chemistry following the acquisition of James Harden.
So much so, in fact, that the Los Angeles Lakers superstar views the Nets, due to the strength and star power of their newly formed Big Three, as potentially the biggest challengers to his team’s throne as defending NBA champions.
In an interview with Rachel Nichols of ESPN shared Friday, Davis touts the Nets as a “threat” due to the offensive prowess of the Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving trio.
1-on-1 with Anthony Davis: AD is going to be in a Super Bowl ad with Serena Williams, Peyton Manning & Jimmy Butler – and that's just his plans for next weekend. Great conversation about happiness, the cost of trying to repeat, and the team he thinks is most in the Lakers' way: pic.twitter.com/zqcnILdJtd— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) January 29, 2021
“They’re definitely a threat,” Davis said (starting at approximately the 3:40 mark of the video). They’re a team that can score at will. I think they’re the favorites to win the East since [Harden] went over there. It’s gonna be a battle.”
Davis initially expressed some skepticism about the Nets’ big move, saying things “look good on paper” for the Nets with Harden in the fold.
Anthony Davis' reaction on the James Harden trade: "He got to one of his destinations. He wanted to play there. We'll see how it goes. … They look good on paper. We'll see how it goes when those guys get in between the lines and get a chance to play alongside each other." pic.twitter.com/FK8lIlqKrM— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) January 14, 2021
Davis is hardly the first person to suggest, subtly or otherwise, that there is a distinct possibility that the Harden experiment could blow up in the Nets organization’s face.
The notion that three enigmatic personalities like Harden, KD and Irving could coexist on the court — especially with their ball-dominant style of play — continues to be a topic of conversation in NBA circles, even if it appears things are going quite smoothly at this point.
Interestingly enough, Davis’ Lakers teammate, LeBron James, shrugged off the Nets’ Harden acquisition when the trade was announced. The Lakers star said at the time that he had better things to worry about than another team’s affairs.
While that may indeed be true for James, if the Nets do indeed thrive this season with their three-headed offensive monster, the rest of the NBA will surely take notice.