LeBron James is recognized as the best player of his generation in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean he has to be the face of the Los Angeles Lakers until his retirement. The “King” said within the framework of Media Day that Anthony Davis is the face of the franchise, leaving him the witness as the leader of the group in the 2023-24 season.
“He is the face of the franchise. You look at all these numbers [retirados] that surround these facilities, all the greats that have come here and AD is one of them,” James told ESPN.
Anthony Davis says his goal is to play all 82 games this season 👀
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Davis recently signed a three-year, $186 million contract extension that will see him wear the purple and gold until 2028. Los Angeles wanted to send a clear message to their center, giving him the most lucrative annual deal in NBA history. with an average of 62 million dollars.
AD will earn $40.6 million in the 2023-24 campaign, $43.2 million in 2024-25, $57.6 million in 2025-26, $62.2 million in 2026-27 and $66.8 million in 2027-28, being one of the highest paid in the NBA.
Anthony Davis on the MVP conversation: “This year I want to come out and build on last year. And hopefully if everything plays out I’ll be in those conversations.” pic.twitter.com/fXwxAatuqq
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“I’m very, very happy and extremely proud,” James told ESPN when asked about Davis’ deal. “It’s great to see him get that extension to be a part of the franchise for years and years and years. And so far it’s been a pleasure to play alongside him and I hope we can do great things.”
Davis, despite his continued discomfort, averaged 25.9 points per game, 12.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 56.3% shooting from the field in 56 games during the 2022-23 regular season, being very important in the three playoff series that the Lakers played against the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets.