WATCH: Pelicans Fans Boo, Which Was ‘Awkward’ & Surprised Anthony Davis
Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis returned to the court Friday night after a three-week absence while recovering from a volar plate avulsion fracture in his left index finger. Of course, the more pressing topic was Davis playing two days after the New Orleans Pelicans refrained from trading him.

His trade demand went public 10 days before this season’s trade deadline, which set off a whirlwind of speculation. The Los Angeles Lakers, Davis’ preferred destination, submitted several proposals in their attempt to pair the six-time All-Star with LeBron James.

Receiving little feedback and not much clarity, the Lakers ultimately walked way from trade talks two days before the deadline and never made contact with the Pelicans after that.

Davis wished to return for the Pelicans’ two games prior to the deadline, but the front office erred on the side of caution due to a possible trade. Reports indicated thought was given to shutting him down for the season before the league intervened and warned fines could be levied.

In his first game since requesting a trade, Davis was booed during pregame introductions and when he touched the ball, though cheered on made baskets, via ESPN:

The 26-year-old touched the surreal environment after helping the Pelicans win a second consecutive game, per ESPN’s Michael C. Wright:

“That was definitely awkward,” Davis said. “Boo? OK. It doesn’t matter to me. I’m going to go out there and play basketball. I was [surprised]. But hey, that’s life, man. Some people are not gonna like me. I’m just happy to be back on the floor playing the game that I love.”

Davis scored a game-high tying 32 points to go along with nine rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots despite not playing a single second in the fourth quarter.

Beyond the uncomfortability that stems from the franchise superstar demanding a trade, the Pelicans are working a juggling act of playing Davis without necessarily hurting their chances to secure a high pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Reminder: Vivid Seats is the Official Ticket Reseller of LakersNation.com. New Customers use “LAKERSNATION” (all CAPS) in the Vivid Seats App on your phone and get 10% off any Lakers home game ticket order for the remainder of the season.

You May Also Like

Giannis Antetokounmpo Reacts To Girlfriend Growing Up Lakers Fan

It has been two weeks since NBA commissioner Adam Silver suspended the 2019-20 season shortly after two players tested…

Lakers Video: LeBron James, Anthony Davis & Quinn Cook Cause Stir On NBA 2K20

With the Los Angeles Lakers finally in the Orlando bubble, they are officially locked in for the finish of the season…

‘A Celebration Of Life For Kobe And Gianna Bryant’ Live Stream

Vanessa Bryant and the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation has created the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the…

Lakers Video: David Blaine Performs Magic Trick At UCLA Health Training Center

The Los Angeles Lakers recently provided some good news after revealing that all players on the roster are currently symptom-free…