LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last offseason but decided not to do an official introductory press conference with the team. The same cannot be said for Anthony Davis, who joined the team via a trade only several weeks back.
According to recent reports, the team will formally introduce Davis at the UCLA Health Training Center on Saturday. As expected, general manager Rob Pelinka will be part of the press conference, as will newly-hired head coach Frank Vogel. But what fans did not expect was LeBron to take the stand and share a few words at the press conference.
Coming off of a disappointing first season with the Lakers, James probably sees this as an opportunity to answer any and all questions reporters have, and they’re expected to have plenty after James skipped out on his exit interview in April. He will also speak about teaming up with Davis, who has already spoken about his excitement to play with the King. Davis told reporters:
“Yeah, I mean, we’ve been friends for a long time. We’re excited to play with each other on a team, go out there and compete. It’s something that’s special and it’s something that we definitely want to make sure we take advantage of while we’re both here… Obviously, there are some other great teams around the league, but winning a championship is not easy. It’s very difficult. He knows that. I haven’t been down that path, but hopefully this year he can lead me down that path and we can win.”
Fans should also expect to see a few new faces at the training facility on Saturday, even if they aren’t scheduled to speak. DeMarcus Cousins used to play with Davis, so he will likely share a few words as well. Make sure to tune in on Lakers.com and watch the conference.