When LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last summer, he opted not to do an official introductory press conference with the team. This year’s biggest offseason acquisition, Anthony Davis, doesn’t plan on following suit.
On Wednesday, the Lakers announced that they will formally introduce Davis at the UCLA Health Training Center on Saturday at 12 p.m. PT. As per usual, general manager Rob Pelinka will be part of the press conference, as will newly-hired head coach Frank Vogel. However, James is also scheduled to speak at the press conference, which is unusual considering he was acquired last year.
To be honest, though, James doesn’t really need a reason to hold a press conference. Coming off of a disappointing first season with the Lakers, James will have the 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. It will also be an opportunity for James to speak glowingly about his new teammates, including Davis, his new head coach and the front office, who did a better job of surrounding him with talent this offseason. Sure, Saturday will technically be Davis’ big day, but there will be just as many questions for James, if not more.
It also wouldn’t be surprising to see a few new faces at the training facility on Saturday, even if they aren’t scheduled to speak. For example, DeMarcus Cousins, Davis’ good friend and old teammate, will likely be there. As of now, there are no known plans to formally introduce Cousins, Danny Green or any of the other signings the Lakers made in free agency.
The press conference will be streamed on Lakers.com and broadcast live on Spectrum SportsNet locally.
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