Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis says collecting honors is nice but his focus is winning championships. Last week, Davis was selected to his fourth All-NBA First Team and finished fifth in MVP voting this seasos. Davis, who forced his way out of the New Orleans Pelicans last offseason, wanted to badly play for the Lakers because he thought they were his best shot at finally winning an NBA title.
Since coming to the league in 2012, Davis has been one of the best players in the entire league but only now he is enjoying his first deep playoff run. "It’s always an honor to be on an All-NBA Team. Even more a First Team,” Davis said, per Lakers Nation.
“That’s always an honor, but we know what the bigger goal is. Especially for me, it’s to win a championship. Any time I can get other awards along the way, it’s definitely an honor. “Not too many people can say they’ve been First Team, let alone an All-NBA Team.
I’ve been able to do that several times, so it’s been an honor for me. But I can’t lose track and get excited about that and not remember what the ultimate goal is. “I think having a championship trumps every other award.
That’s kind of been my mindset."
Davis came up clutch for the Lakers
Davis hit a game-winning three-pointer over Nikola Jokic to give the Lakers a 105-103 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 and a 2-0 lead in the series.
The Lakers wore the Black Mamba uniforms, which were designed by the late Kobe Bryant several years ago. "Obviously, we're representing him," Davis said. "Especially in those jerseys. It's his jersey, one he created, and any time we put it on, we want to win."
Lakers guard Rajon Rondo made the pass from the inbounds to Davis on the last play. "I think I made eye contact with every player on my team on that play," Rondo said. "My first look was Kenny [Kentavious Caldwell-Pope] backdoor.
That wasn't there. Danny [Green] backdoor. That wasn't there. Bron and I looked eye-to-eye, but he didn't move, and then I saw AD coming on the outside and just tried to get it to him on time, on target. I had Joker on me, so obviously, I couldn't throw the lob pass, and [Davis] did the rest."