Lakers' Anthony Davis Said 'I Don't Want No Smoke' in Pelicans Locker Room

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 27: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Jrue Holiday #11 of the New Orleans Pelicans exchange jerseys after a game on November 27, 2019 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)
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After dropping 41 points in his first game against his former team Wednesday night, Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis made a visit to the New Orleans Pelicans locker room upon being invited by former coach Alvin Gentry.

"I don't want no smoke," Davis said as he went into the locker room after initially being "reluctant" to do so, according to ESPN's Marc J. Spears.

He told reporters he holds no ill will toward the Pelicans:

Davis spent seven years in New Orleans, and Wednesday marked his first trip to the Smoothie King Center as a visiting player. The Pelicans traded the six-time All-Star to L.A. in July after he made it clear in January that he would not re-sign with New Orleans in free agency.

Pelicans fans showered Davis with boos throughout the night, from the time he made his way onto the court to pregame introductions to every time he touched the ball. Though he suffered an apparent elbow injury late in the third quarter, he returned in the fourth to help his team pull out a come-from-behind victory, coming up with a pivotal steal and game-sealing free throws.

His 41-point performance marked the most a player has scored in the first meeting against his former team:

Afterward, he spoke about the emotional night:

Some high-profile returns have featured tense moments on the court, but Davis was able to focus on the task at hand.

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