Charles Barkley on Anthony Davis to the Lakers: 'The fix is in'

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"And it's like, 'This is my team". "And the National Football League, it's like, what can you do for me this Sunday, or this Monday, or this Thursday? We seen that when Drew Bledsoe got hurt".

"The players are who make the ship go". "We make it go. And it's the same in the National Basketball Association".

On the court, he's the centerpiece of the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the NBA's most prestigious brands.

James said he wasn't surprised by the attention his comments received, stating "anything I say will generate something".

"The difference between the NBA and the NFL, the NBA is what we believe he [a player] can be".

James, however, had some kind words for the National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver.

"I'm feeling the effects of it now", James said. "We want competitive balance in the National Basketball Association".

Gentry's decision to reiterate a point he's made multiple times comes after Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James said Tuesday it "would be amazing" to play with Davis in L.A.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports are "privately expression outrage" that the National Basketball Association is seemingly not enforcing the rules.

"Interference is as bad as tampering - maybe worse in this case", one Eastern Conference GM told ESPN.

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You can't help but think LeBron is enjoying the Anthony Davis talk.

"I don't really care", Davis told ESPN on Wednesday about James' fawning, following the Pelicans' 123-115 loss to the Bucks.

"That would be wonderful", James told ESPN on Tuesday. "That would be unbelievable, like, duh".

As the National Basketball Association season progresses further and further, it seems like early free agency & trade rumors for five-time All-Star Anthony Davis continue to surface.

ESPN noted that the NBA's bylaws prevent a player from directly or indirectly persuading a player to join another National Basketball Association team.

James' remarks have sparked debate over whether players should be privy to the same tampering charges to which coaches and front office personnel are subjected.

Davis has not asked for a trade, and the Pelicans are still optimistic that they can convince him to stay long-term as long as he leaves the door open a crack.

The Lakers got the better of the Pelicans on Friday.

An NBA spokesperson told ESPN on Friday: "Each case is assessed on its own facts".

Lakers: James had seven assists in the first quarter, his most in any quarter since joining the Lakers. He will become a free agent at the end of the 2019-20 season. He's going to get all the credit and whoever plays with him is going to get all the blame, that's what happened with the Cavaliers past year and it's what's happening with the Lakers now. But my job is to turn this team around. "I mean, do we even have to look any further than that?" That hasn't stopped NFL players from envying their National Basketball Association counterparts before, however, with notable names like Gurley eyeing the big-money commitments of James' league.