KEY POINTS

  • Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka was snubbed in the NBA Executive of the Year award voting, finishing seventh
  • Anthony Davis rued how the Lakers do not get recognized
  • Davis said winning a championship would mean more than the missed individual awards

Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis lamented how his team does not get enough recognition after general manager Rob Pelinka was snubbed in the Executive of the Year award voting on Thursday, finishing seventh.

The NBA announced LA Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank as the recipient of the award that was voted on by a panel of league executives. It was the third time a member of the Lakers, including Davis, had missed out on a major individual honor this season.

"That's kind of been a thing this year," Davis said, per ESPN. "With myself with Defensive Player of the Year, LeBron with MVP, now Rob with Executive of the Year."

Davis and James took their respective snubs personally, with the latter admitting that he was "pissed off" after getting just 16 first-place votes in the MVP tally. The 6-foot-10 forward, meanwhile, finished second in the DPOY ladder behind Giannis Antetokounmpo – the same player who defeated James in the MVP race.

Playing with a huge chip on their shoulders, the superstar duo looks to put a lid on the series of snubs by winning a championship for the Lakers, which they could clinch on Friday in Game 5 of the Finals against the Miami Heat.

"If we're able to win one more game, then no one cares about those other awards. We'll all be champions," Davis said.

A championship would snap the Lakers’ 10-year title drought and give the franchise its 17th banner overall. Moreover, it would give James his fourth ring – a feat that would strengthen his case for the greatest of all time tag.

At 35 years old, James continues to wreak havoc in the league, being the same dominant force he has been since taking the professional stage in 2003. But although another historic title is within his reach again, the four-time MVP refuses to be consumed by the narrative about his legacy.

"I don't really think about it too much," James said. "I think the story will be told how it's supposed to be told and be written how it's supposed to be written. But I don't live my life thinking about legacy. What I do off the floor is what means more to me than what I do on the floor."

LeBron James' partnership with Anthony Davis propelled the Lakers back into the NBA Finals LeBron James' partnership with Anthony Davis propelled the Lakers back into the NBA Finals Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Kevin C. Cox