LeBron James rolled into the FedEX Forum in Memphis ahead of Game 1 of the Lakers-Grizzlies series wearing lilac and shades as the 38-year-old readies for his 16th season of playoff basketball.

The Lakers arrived at the Grizzlies’ home stadium around lunchtime for the 3pm ET tipoff vs. Ja Morant and No. 2 Memphis. 

Anthony Davis went for a more contrasting black-and-orange look, though also stuck with shades as the pair await the bright lights and a fervent Memphis crowd. 

Speaking to ESPN Saturday, Davis dismissed LA being outsiders despite its No. 7 seeding.

‘I think seeding doesn’t matter,’ the former Kentucky big man said ahead of his first playoff game since 2021. 

Anthony Davis

LeBron James

Anthony Davis and LeBron James arrived at the FedEx Forum in Memphis ahead of Game 1

‘Once you get in, it’s all about matchups and things like that. We don’t look at ourselves as underdogs, obviously.’ 

LeBron James echoed a similar sentiment, emphasizing equal opportunity for all come playoff time.  

‘It’s 16 teams in the postseason, and there’s opportunity for all 16,’ James said. 

‘Everyone’s record is 0-0 now and we’re playing against a very worthy opponent and we respect them a lot. So we just got to be ready for the challenge.’ 

Ja Morant will be the main attraction come tipoff – both for fans of the Grizz and the Lakers players themselves. 

In the lead-up to the game, James referred to the former No. 2 overall pick as ‘obviously the head of the snake.’

James & the Lakers play the first two games of the playoff series in TN. before a return to LA

James & the Lakers play the first two games of the playoff series in TN. before a return to LA

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