Anthony Davis To Appear On LeBron James’ ‘The Shop’ So Prepare For Tampering Jokes

The Los Angeles Lakers attempted but failed to land star big man Anthony Davis before the NBA Trade Deadline. However, the memory of LeBron James’ new team offering up nearly the entire roster in a trade offer remains fresh in people’s minds. And we will once again be reminded of that when LeBron’s HBO show The Shop returns to air.

On Thursday, February 21, HBO announced that The Shop would be returning with a new episode next month and it will feature a star-studded lineup, including Davis.

Other guests will include disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Jamie Foxx, and Jerrod Carmichael. The inclusion of Brown makes the episode immediately a must-see affair but having Davis who attempted to join LeBron in Los Angeles ups the ante.

Pull up a chair, #TheShopHBO is back.

LeBron and Mav sit down with an all-new crew, including Anthony Davis, Antonio Brown, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Jamie Foxx and Jerrod Carmichael.

Get a fresh cut Friday, March 1 at 10:30PM. pic.twitter.com/xGw5xbTQkq

— HBO (@HBO) February 21, 2019

And, of course, social media was full of jokes.

Shortly after HBO announced the news, it seemed like everyone had the same word on their mind: tampering. The jokes were flying in about LeBron and Anthony Davis appearing on the show together after the failed trade attempt. Could they be chopping it up about joining each other next season?

The speculation was aplenty.

Big tampering SZNNNNNN. Gotta get magic on there as well pic.twitter.com/fEEslXTLUO

— Goofy is The GOAT (@FastTimesAtRF) February 21, 2019

AB and Anthony Davis will be the next guests on #TheShopHBO 👀 pic.twitter.com/LAt33kNQwO

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 21, 2019

When NBA executives see that Anthony Davis is LeBron James' next guest on The Shop: pic.twitter.com/ybnIxx5Lkn

— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 21, 2019

Conversation at All-Star Weekend:

Pelicans Rep: "AD, where are you going?"
Anthony Davis: "Hotel gift shop."
Pelicans Rep: "OK, see you later."
Anthony Davis: https://t.co/RmjsHupYhr

— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) February 21, 2019

That’s quite the troll move by LeBron.

Of course, plenty of NBA stars have appeared on The Shop in its inaugural season like Draymond Green, Mo Bamba, and Ben Simmons. But none of those players were targets of the Lakers for a blockbuster deal to get LeBron extra help on the court.

The Shop will return Friday, March 1 at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO so be sure to set your DVRs so you don’t miss a second of one of the most captivating shows on television.

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