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Lakers Lose AD Sweepstakes

Yesterday was awesome and the next four months will be even better.

February 08, 2019 - 9:44 am

Yesterday, at 3pm Eastern, the Los Angeles Lakers officially lost the Anthony Davis Sweepstakes. Well, this round of it anyway. Because the sound of the trade window slamming shut was also the sound of a new player joining the competition.

Enter Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics. Danny Ainge and a war chest that includes Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, and a possible four first round picks this summer. While the Lakers were firing A HANDGUN, the Celtics have a BAZOOKA. And some surface to air missiles. AND A TANK.

And now that arsenal is in the game. Boston doesn’t have to wait and pace outside the Pelicans door, hoping for a chance to get into the fight. They’re in it now. And they have what it takes to win it.

How perfect, then, that the first game of the next round of the Anthony Davis Sweepstakes would be Lakers v. Celtics in Boston. Lakers v. Celtics in trade rumors, meet Lakers v. Celtics on the floor. 

In the dream scenario for Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka, and every Laker fan, last night would’ve been the night they unveiled Anthony Davis. Instead, it was the night they started a lineup of LeBron James and four guys who aren’t Anthony Davis, but were offered to the Pelicans. And three more of them came off the bench.

And I’ll be real. They looked like a completely different team from the last time they stepped on the court. That hideous blowout in Indiana seemed like ancient history. Who was this crew? They had chemistry. They played defense. They were hitting shots. I mean, they were 22 of 41 from deep, and that’s without Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala, the newest Lakers and actual three point shooters, playing yet.

LeBron: another triple double.

Kyle Kuzma: 25 and 5.

Brandon Ingram, who got hit with the Bron’s gonna trade you chant in Indy, went for 11 points and 7 rebounds in Boston.

JaVale McGee who got the even more brutal “not worth trading” chant against the Pacers had 17 points and 8 rebounds against the Celtics.

And then there’s Rajon Rondo. 17 points, 10 assists, and one incredible moment. LA down 1 and with the ball. Roll it.

That’s Rajon Rondo coming back to his old city and ramming a dagger through their chests. And that’s the first time he’s ever done something like that. That’s not an exaggeration. He’s never had a go-ahead field goal in the final seconds of a fourth quarter or overtime in his career. And he picked a damn good time to do it.

Magic and Pelinka couldn’t beat the clock at 3pm, so Rondo beat it last night. HEEEEYYYYYY-OOOOO

It doesn’t make up for not getting Anthony Davis, but it could’ve been a hell of a lot worse.

It was just what Rondo needed and just what the Lakers needed after a week and a half of chaos and disruption. That team and that locker room looked like it was ripping apart at the seams. And no…. one win doesn’t fix everything, but it sure does help. Especially when it comes against a good Celtics team.

Again, it’s just one game, but it could be the one game they need to kick start them down the stretch.

If the Lakers lose that game, especially when you have Lonzo getting hilarious on Instagram after the trade deadline. And his dad coming back to spew his usual garbage. Hell, how much better  when nobody gave him a mic.

Talking about that fool and asking that fool to make a fool of himself is so tired. That feels like something from twenty years ago. Seriously, what’s fresher – Hammer Pants or that fool being a fool?

Combine that with a full on losing streak, a game against Philly’s Big 4 on Sunday, and it could get really, really ugly.

Suddenly you might be looking at the possibility of going from Anthony Davis to maybe adding Carmelo Anthony. How the hell would that taste in the middle of a losing streak? Think you might get A.D. and end up with C.A. Thinking you’re adding a Swiss army knife and you end up with a butterknife. The worst game of “want, settle, get” ever.

But last night, wasn’t about the game. Last night was about what’s to come. Because if you think the Anthony Davis Saga is over, you could not be more wrong. It didn’t end at 3 o’clock, it just got interesting at 3 o’clock.

Now we have less than four months for LA to figure out how to improve their offer. You have less than four months for Boston to figure out what to offer. And it’s a joke how much the Celtics have to offer; and Danny Ainge can get that deal done without offering all of his assets. And then you have just over three months until the draft lottery, when we’ll know who has the Zion pick. And if that turns out to be the Knicks, things will get spicy as hell.

You like those storylines? How about LeBron picking Davis for his team in the All-Star draft. Better yet, how about LeBron picking Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, and Anthony Davis? Is there a guy who might be on the move this summer who he didn’t draft?

He’s even making jokes with Ernie Johnson and Giannis about tampering.

Team LeBron is now Team Tamper and I love it. If you’re him, why wouldn’t you pick every single one of those guys? It’s a business. And he’s doing business. He didn’t come to Los Angeles to put up his feet by a pool. He wants to win. And he wants to win now. Round one is over. There are 11 more to go.

Yesterday was a really bad day for Magic and the Lakers and then it got a little better.  But the best is yet to come. Let’s get it on…. the Lakers don’t have what the Celtics have to offer, but does Kyrie want to be there. And does that even matter as it relates to Anthony Davis.  Does Anthony Davis even want to be there?  That definitely does matter.   And he how is going to end up with the. First pick for Zion; Something else that does matter.  Yesterday was awesome and the next four months will be even better.  Can’t wait!