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During media day, Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis was one of the players who made it clear he and his teammates heard some of the Denver Nuggets’ trash talk form the summer.
“It’s very motivational,” Davis said. “I mean obviously [Kentavious Caldwell-Pope] is my guy, so you kind of congratulate him, like, ‘You got this one.’ But it was just a lot of like, the talking and, ‘The Lakers dad.’ There was just so much of that going on, it was like alight we get it, y’all won. But me and [LeBron James] had some conversations like, ‘We can’t wait.’”
While the Lakers were admittedly extra motivated for opening night, they once again lost to the Nuggets, and Nikola Jokic was once again the best player on the court. During a recent episode of KG Certified, NBA legend Paul Pierce shared a harsh message for Anthony Davis, saying Jokic embraced that matchup while he did not.
“It might be that Joker effect,” Pierce said of Davis’s performance vs. the Nuggets. “I don’t know. Joker is the most dominant player… [Jokic] took the challenge of, ‘I’m matched up with Anthony Davis.’ Anthony Davis did not take the challenge of, ‘I’m matching up with Joker.’ Period.”
While Jokic may have looked like he was taking the matchup personally, opening night was just another standard performance for him, which makes it even more impressive.