The year is 2020, and a 28-year old Anthony Davis lounges in his button tufted ostrich leather parlor chaise. He’s just wrapped up a 3rd consecutive NBA championship with the New Orleans Pelicans. Sipping on an obscure 75 year old single malt scotch you’ve never heard of, he rolls up his patterned sleeves, sits up to a crystal laden end table, and greets his guests: head coach Alvin Gentry, sole Pelicans owner Rita Benson Leblanc, and AD's wife, a 23-year old retired Swedish lingerie model known simply as "Rouge." Almost indubitably, he glances down at his Monte Blanc, slicks his pointer and pinky fingers through his eyebrow, picks up the top page of a stack of papers, and signs his next extension in expectation of retiring a Pelican.
You see, just five years ago as a young budding superstar, Davis had begun to approach his ceiling. Following a few years of marginal success, he vaulted to the top of the crop in 2015. Now, an accomplished veteran, and attracter of the world’s best talent a salary capped mid-level market team can acquire (Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and semi-retired Jameer Nelson), "The Brow" decides to take a look back at how it all started half a decade ago.
The 2015-16 season started out rocky, with a few lingering injuries, but the team ended up with 50 wins, and a fifth seed in the Western Conference. They took out Memphis in round one, but were knocked out in the second by a strong (and eventual champion) Houston Rockets squad.
During the 2016-17 season, the Pelicans were finally able to break into the top 4, finishing as the second seed in the Western Conference. Tyreke Evans won the sixth man of the year award, but was traded after an early first round exit to an emerging Milwaukee Bucks team headed by former LSU star Ben Simmons. The team is finally able to find its stride as a cohesive unit, buying into the Gentry-fication.
Just before the 2017-18 season, the Pels traded for Giannis Antetokounmpo, whom proved to be the missing link. New Orleans would go on to rack up 69 wins, AD went home with the MVP trophy, and the team earned the first overall seed in the NBA Playoffs. They won their first championship as a franchise, and everyone decided to go to Lucy’s to celebrate. Why Lucy’s? Long time back-up point guard, and Finals MVP Norris Cole said so. Dan Dickau is added as a college scout. During the season, Davis was married and had a son.
After winning their first title and going into the 2018-19 season, the Pelicans lost long time back-up point guard and Finals MVP Norris Cole after he decided to quit basketball and open up a dive-bar in the vacant spot where "The Boot" used to intoxicate any and all for only a nickel a drink. Seeking guard help, they persuaded Jameer Nelson out of retirement to back up Jrue Holiday. Eric Gordon hurt his knee again so the Pelicans struggled without a number one shooting guard option until a mid-season pickup of free agent head case Dion Waiters. In a shocking train of events, he was decisively helpfully during the playoff run and the Pelicans 2nd consecutive NBA title. Davis won both the regular season MVP and Finals MVP, averaging a triple double over the span of both contests.
Before the 2019-20 season a frustrated Kevin Durant demanded a trade, and his BFF Anthony Davis persuaded him a similar sized market, but with a knack for taking home the ‘ships. The most dominant 1-2 punch mows through opponents, and wins their third title in three years. Quincy Pondexter retired post-season after learning that his 2014 stock investment in Twitter had exploded, and he parlayed his dividends into building New Orleans’ first NASCAR racetrack, on the site of the formerly deplorably and horribly neglected Six Flags Theme Park in New Orleans East. He calls the track "Quinc Pon-De-Replay Motor Speedway" wherein Rihanna is the "house band."
Over the course of Davis’ time in New Orleans, he had gained further popularity off the court via his relentless community outreach and empowerment programs, and took over the reigns from recently retired Drew Brees as the city's most beloved athlete.
After his company departs, Anthony and Rouge look out of their penthouse condo on top of the newly (and finally) renovated World Trade Center on the Mississippi Rivers edge. They ponder the future, until Anthony Davis Jr. scurries in begging for a bed time story. He climbs up on his father's lap, as AD proclaims "Let me tell you a story about an seven time consecutive NBA champion…"
Whether the above described fantasy comes to any sort of fruition is exciting to imagine, unless of course you're a fan of one of the other 29 NBA franchises. However, there's no denying that barring any unforeseen complications, the AD Experience by 2020 will be one nobody will want to miss. Here's to you, Anthony.