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Podcast: Where does Anthony Davis fit in the era of NBA superstar empowerment?

NBA stars hold more power now than any American athletes, really, ever. Anthony Davis used his to get to the Lakers, but could that be a double-edged sword?

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Our podcast hosts spend today’s episodes taking a close look at Anthony Davis, how he arrive in Los Angeles and what he brings to the table now that he’s here. They also look at the decision he’ll have to make at season’s end, but if that scares you, well, Santa might exist, I guess.

I Love Basketball

Hampered by a voice quickly fading due to sickness (and Sabreena’s devastating absence) Sasha attempts to pull off a solo pod in the vein of Stephen A. Smith. It delightfully feels like you are right there with her at midnight in her room talking about basketball with the crickets chirping in the background and the occasional whoosh of a passing car (giver her a break, she lives off Sunset — it’s a busy area).

The NBA doesn’t have a whole lot left to give us this offseason, and we’re all getting a little hungry as a result, so Sasha moves away from speculation about the team’s roster fit and addresses the chatter around the league and media about the nature of Anthony Davis’ departure from New Orleans. The originator of the player empowerment era, Lebron, and one of the prominent faces of the future, AD, converge on our beloved team. She also discusses the AD introductory press conference through the lens of player empowerment.

You can listen to the latest episode below, and for more Lakers talk, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

Locked on Lakers

On today’s episode, Pete and I first look back at the career Davis has had to this point (seeing as analyzing last season is a bit of a fool’s errand). Which skillsets does Davis bring with him that best fit what the Lakers have needed over the last, oh, seven years or so?

(The answer is yes)

From there, we discuss what he could still do to improve — which is a pretty wild thing to think about given how talented Davis already is. Really, it starts with some fundamentals that might have gone overlooked to this point given how naturally talented Davis is. On his footwork specifically, just a couple minor tweaks would go a long way. We get into that and more.

Finally, we finish by discussing not just how Davis fits into the Lakers equation but how the team can be molded to fit his skillset, too. There’s also a stretch here where we get into his contract situation and the decision he’ll have to make at season’s end for those of you who want to stare into the darkest timeline — though that’s only for a minute or so. Both Pete and I think he winds up re-signing.

Davis is one of the league’s absolutely most talented players and could very well make a case for himself as the NBA’s best overall player this year. If he does that, then the Lakers should be counted among the outright favorites to win a championship, which seems to really be Davis’ focus.

You can listen to the entire episode below, and make sure to subscribe on iTunes, where you can also leave questions in the form of a five-star review to guarantee your topic makes the show.

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