“No One Cares”: Anthony Davis Backs Rob Pelinka after Third Snub for Los Angeles Lakers in NBA Awards

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During the 2019 off-season, the Los Angeles Lakers pulled off a mammoth trade. Giving away their three young stars and a multitude of picks, the Lakers brought in defensive juggernaut Anthony Davis to pair alongside star LeBron James.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis
Oct 2, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with forward Anthony Davis (3) after a play during the third quarter against the Miami Heat in game two of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Initially, a lot of rival fans pounced on this. They called it a bad trade, pointing out that the Lakers gave up their future. But now they have proved everyone wrong and are one win away from the championship.Moreover, Davis has been a huge part of this run. Despite this, GM Rob Pelinka was snubbed in the Executive of the Year voting, finishing seventh.

During an interview, Davis then said that these awards aren’t as important to Pelinka as titles are. So he doesn’t care about this award if they win the title.

“I know those awards don’t matter to him; championships do. We’re putting ourselves in a position, he put our team in a position to be able to be one win away. Once we finish our job & do what we’re supposed to do, then I don’t think no one is going to care about Executive of the Year.”  

Los Angeles Lakers GM Rob Pelinka speaks after winning Western Conference title
Sep 26, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka speaks after defeating the Denver Nuggets game five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Snub will make title sweeter for the Los Angeles Lakers

Not only did Pelinka orchestrate the Davis trade, but he also brought in Dwight Howard and Markieff Morris on a minimum. All these pieces helped them to a number one finish in the West. Now, a title win is also on the cards.

Lakers Dwight Howard vs Miami Heat
Oct 2, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) celebrates with forward Anthony Davis (3) after a play against the Miami Heat during the first quarter in game two of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Davis later said that winning this title after finishing seventh place will be even more special for Pelinka. “If that doesn’t get him that award, then so be it. And it would just make it even more special to win it now that I know he came in 7th & got one 1st-place vote.”

He also said that this isn’t the first snub for the Lakers and they are now used to it. “That’s kind of been a thing this year w/ myself w/ Defensive Player of the Year, LeBron w/ MVP, now Rob w/ Executive of the Year. But if we’re able to win one more game, then no one cares about those other awards. We’ll all be champions.”

They may not win these individual awards, but they are about to win the title, which holds far more value. So all’s well that ends well?

The Los Angeles Lakers huddle
The Los Angeles Lakers talk after a play against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter in game one of the Western Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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