Anthony Davis reveals he didn’t want to practice or play with the Pelicans before trade to the Lakers

Anthony Davis
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Anthony Davis admitted he was unhappy during his final days with the New Orleans Pelicans before his trade to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Davis, now the superstar of the Lakers, revealed he didn’t want to practice or play with the Pelicans anymore.

“I didn’t want to go to practice, I didn’t want to play. There was just a lot going on because I didn’t have that joy with me anymore. Getting into it with the fans, the media, it was just a lot. I wasn’t in a great frame of mind — a great space for me to be joyful.

Every day was like, ‘Ugh, here’s another day. I can’t wait until the season is over.’ Things like that. You’d see people say, ‘AD, you traitor!’ and I’d think, ‘What? You don’t understand what I’m going through.’

It was all wearing down on me at one time, but I had a great team around me, from my agency to my family to my friends, ‘Nah, forget what they’re saying. You’re doing what’s best for you and your family,'” Davis told Preston Ellis of SB Nation’s The Bird Writes.

During his final year with the Pelicans, Davis suffered many ups and downs due to injuries ad trade rumors. He eventually joined the Lakers in the summer of 2019.