I always get buyer’s remorse. Cars, TVs and even jobs. Did I get the best deal I could’ve on the car? Did I get the best bang for my buck on the big TV? How did I get to the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo or Delta Media in Lafayette, LA. Usually those feelings go away or I learn to accept and even love it. I’ve never had the opportunity to see if the ‘grass is greener on the other side’ and then go back. But that’s exactly what Anthony Davis is going thru right now.
On January 28th AD officially informed the New Orleans Pelicans he won’t be signing a long term contract. At the time, the Pelicans were 22-28, meanwhile his preferred destination, allegedly the Los Angeles Lakers, were 26-24. What’s happened since? Although, the Pelicans remain six games under .500 (30-36) they’ve won games against the Rockets, Thunder, Nuggets and Jazz with either limited or AD not playing at all.
The Lakers on the other hand, have completely gone in the other direction. Even with Lebron James returning from injury after the All-Star Break, the Lakers have lost 10 of their last 14 games. Going from 2 games out of the playoffs, to 5.5 games out following their loss to the Clippers of all teams, Lundi Gras Night.
We’ve almost seen more productions; TV shows and songs from James, then Lakers wins. He’s thrown his teammates under the bus for not dedicating themselves to the team. Everyone sees and watches the hypocrisy. Can’t AD? While Lakers are fighting among themselves, the Pelicans fight together for improbable victories. If this trend continues, why does Davis think it will be any different if he ever gets to the Lakers? And that may not happened until the ’20-’21 season when James will have even more projects going on outside of basketball.
I seriously doubt Davis is going to have a change of heart, but if looks close enough, he’ll see ‘the grass is greener’ exactly where he is right now. And I suspect in a few years, Davis will suffer from buyer’s remorse.