As LeBron James, Rich Paul, And Magic Johnson Desperately Try To Work A Trade For Anthony Davis, The Lakers Are Becoming A Complete Circus
Admittedly, the basketball fan in me would rather enjoy seeing what type of Johnson-like Magic that LeBron James and Anthony Davis would be capable of creating together on the court. Unfortunately, the anarchist in me would absolutely love to see just how much of a shit show one of the most storied franchises in sports can turn into if 3PM on February 7th comes and goes with the Pelicans clutching tightly to their pearls in holding on to a premier asset out of pride.
Don't get me wrong, having LeBron indirectly and diabolically disband his second professional basketball team in as many trade deadlines would be hilarious. It's just that the way that he and his agency went about trying to do so feels like the dirtiest of pool, and the most inherently combustible of rosters bursting into flames right in their face would make for the ultimate scratch on the old eight ball. I don't want to say that LeBron James made his bed, as Rich Paul was definitely there to help tuck in the sheets, but he more than deserves having to toss and turn in it while the nightmare of him missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005 comes to fruition.
To be clear, I'm all for the player empowerment of the NBA. That said, this whole mess has seemed just a little too collusively orchestrated for my liking. Therefore, I actually think the awkwardness of a whole rash of young players half-heartedly playing out the stretch alongside the "leader" that's been laughably less than subtle in trying to get them all shipped off like spare parts would, oddly enough, be good for a league that could probably benefit from reminding it's high-end talent that it still technically has rules. A $50,000 slap on a diamond-studded wrist was a pretty lame attempt at restoring some semblance of order, but LeBron James and Anthony Davis having to suffer into the summer more or less working alongside their eventual exes with uncertainty surrounding their respective divorces would be a more fitting price to pay.
Now, I have a hard time believing that the New Orleans Pelicans are going to field a better offer for Anthony Davis than...well...basically the entire Lakers' present and future plus picks and cap relief, so there's a very good chance this actually gets done by Thursday afternoon...
However, if for some stubborn reason it doesn't, a couple months of complete madness would make for a quality comedy that's almost as incredibly entertaining as watching two of the most transcendent basketball players on the planet play off one another. Between the Pelicans being as aggressively passive with their intro video as an ex-girlfriend might be with her Instagram and Lakers starting their very own spin-off of the soap opera that is the NBA, I think I'd prefer the continuation of this unprecedented pettiness to more player movement...