Davis on Lakers: ‘Everyone has to be on the same page’

New star Anthony Davis and the Lakers are looking to return to the playoffs.

Los Angeles Lakers newcomer Anthony Davis is already talking championship.

“We haven’t talked about it yet, but I don’t think it needs to be said,” Davis said on the official website for Red Bull. “I think that any time that you’re on, your goal is always to win a championship. If it’s not, I don’t understand why you’re playing.”

Davis arrived in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. Along with LeBron James and perhaps up-and-comer Kyle Kuzma, Davis is the biggest reason for the Lakers’ renewed sense of major optimism.

But it’s one thing to be good on paper, quite another to have everything come together on the floor.

Davis knows that from his time with the Pelicans. James and the Lakers know that from their first season together. Neither the Pelicans nor Lakers made the playoffs last season. Both had their fair share of drama.

Davis knows for the Lakers to succeed, that sort of stuff has to end.

“Everyone has to be on the same page — the players, the coaching staff, the front office, ownership, everyone,” he said. “I think we have a great group of guys — no one causing locker room problems and nobody who wants to go out there and be selfish; nobody who wants to showcase their skills rather than do what’s best for the team.”

The Lakers open the season against the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 22. It will be the start of a true LA rivalry, as the Clippers seem to be everyone’s favorite with the likes of Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and fellow All-Star Paul George.

“I’m not sure what the Clippers are thinking,” Davis said. “But I know what the Lakers are thinking — and that’s to play basketball. Obviously, they have a great team, but we know that for us it’s going to be bigger than a rivalry. You know, winning a rivalry game doesn’t win the championship. So for us the goal is to win a championship this year.”


Point guard: Rajon Rondo, Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso

Shooting guard: Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Avery Bradley, Troy Daniels

Small forward: LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Jared Dudley

Power forward: Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, LeBron James, Jared Dudley

Center: Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Anthony Davis