The season is officially over for the Los Angeles Lakers.
They got swept out of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night, putting an end to a long, frustrating yet inspiring season that saw them as one of the worst teams in the league and also one of the best.
Following Monday’s stinging defeat, Anthony Davis spoke candidly to the press.
“This wasn’t the end goal for us. We don’t do moral victories… We play to win championships,” Davis said about the end of the 2022-23 season.
Admitting that the loss was “tough” and “hurts,” Davis briefly talked about what was ahead for the team.
"This wasn't the end goal for us. We don't do moral victories… We play to win championships." Anthony Davis on the loss and the outlook going into next season. pic.twitter.com/yXSpXEYhT2
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He was frank and said that the window for him and LeBron James to win another championship together was closing due to their respective ages.
He also said that he wants to reach the Finals next year, and believes that the team can, although Davis also said that he wasn’t entirely sure who would be joining him in 2023-24.
He reminded the press that there are multiple free agents on the team now and that it’s not clear what the roster will look like when the new season kicks off.
This is a point of interest to many: who will the front office focus on and who will be let go?
The Lakers got so much better after the NBA trade deadline and there are many fans pleading that the new recruits stay on board.
But it’s not entirely clear if the front office will listen to those demands.
Davis said it’ll take some time to get over this latest defeat but he is determined to get stronger, come together, and try again next year.
We just don’t know who will be trying alongside him.NEXT: Stephen A. Smith Reacts To Lakers Being Eliminated From Playoffs