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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, July 14, 2019 1:00 am

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Davis officially joins Lakers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Anthony Davis' year of uncertainty finally felt finished when he stood in the Los Angeles Lakers' training complex and proudly held up his new gold jersey while LeBron James looked on approvingly.

After months of upheaval around his departure from New Orleans, the superstar forward is looking forward to years of success and stability on the West Coast.

Sure, Davis knows the Lakers are rarely stable, and championships are the only success this franchise understands.

The six-time All-Star can't wait for the challenge of winning big in the Hollywood spotlight.

“The most difficult part for me was just not knowing,” Davis said Saturday. “When it was announced that I was being traded, I don't want to say it was a relief, (but) it was something that I'd thought about for a long time. Obviously it was tough to leave the city I'd been playing in for seven years, but I think it was best for me.

“When I found out I'd been traded to the Lakers, I realized it was an unbelievable opportunity for me,” he added. “To be here with a wonderful organization, and then to be able to play alongside LeBron and the players that we have now ... to get the opportunity to do that and come here and play for an organization that's all about winning, and winning championships, and that's the only goal, I think that was the biggest thing for me.”

– Associated Press