Davis spoke about his goal of making the playoffs, touching on his own inexperience at playing in the NBA tournament.
“I hear it all the time: ‘Anthony is a good player, but he hasn’t won anything” Davis said in an interview with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“He’s not a winner. He hasn’t been to the playoffs in two years.’ It bothers me. You know you’re doing everything in your power to try and win. Playing through injuries, playing a ton of minutes, diving on the floor, but you just can’t come up with enough wins to go to the playoffs.
And it isn’t enough just going to the playoffs. You want to make noise. You want to be a threat. People judge you. For DeMarcus and me, this is the time. The time is now.”
Davis mentioned how he wants to see the Pelicans build a strong roster so that they can see continued success.
“You look at the Warriors, Cleveland. Boston. They lose Gordon [Hayward], they’re still playing well. KD-Steph-Draymond-Klay. They play so well with each other. They move the basketball. They don’t care who scores. Steph and Draymond are out, and they still won. KD is out. They still win.”
Anthony also spoke about the aforementioned trade rumors.
“[GM Dell Demps] told me that [Boston] was calling, but nothing was going to happen. At the same time, though, you see how organizations treat players. DeMarcus told me that the [Kings] told him that he wasn’t going to get traded, but they traded him. Isaiah [Thomas] took his team to Eastern Conference Finals, and they traded him.
“It makes you wonder: Does this organization really have my back? I’ve been loyal to this organization. I love it here. I love this team. I think we’re moving in the right direction. DeMarcus, [Rajon] Rondo, some other players that are helping us, but people get judged on winning. And I want to win. It’s not about the money. It’s not about having fans. The most important thing to me: Winning. That’s what I want to do. And I want to do it here.”
Pelicans’ Derrick Favors Posts Farewell to Jazz
New Orleans acquired Favors in a trade with Utah for 2021 and 2023 second round draft picks.
Favors is due $16.9 million during the final year of his contract.
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It’s been an amazing 8 1/2 years in Utah, Thank you to the Utah Jazz organization, the coaching staff & my teammates for everything! I’m going to cherish all the great experiences over the years as it helped make me the player I am. Thank you to the Jazz fans for all the love over the years. Your loyalty and passion for the game will stay with me forever!!! Thank you #jazznation!!! I’m excited to start a new chapter in my career as a New Orleans Pelican. I cannot wait to get to work and help lead our young core realize their full potential.
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Johnson could be a target of teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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