If you're a New Orleans Pelicans fan today, you're heartbroken. Anthony Davis, the best player in franchise history and one of the best in the NBA, announced (through his agent) that he wants to be traded.
By asking for a trade, Davis asserted a level of autonomy that we rarely saw from players until fairly recently. Even now, a player taking control of his own destiny in such a drastic manner is rare in most sports, and often poorly received by both fans, and members of the media.
Google "Le'Veon Bell Selfish" and you'll get a long list of articles and quotes from pundits, roasting the Pittsburgh Steelers running back for choosing to hold out (and eventually skip all of this NFL season) to protect his health and position himself for the biggest payday possible on the open market.
Davis hasn't (and likely won't) receive the same level of criticism as Bell, for multiple reasons. First, he's still suiting up for the Pelicans, or at least he will as soon as he returns from a hand injury.
Second, NBA fans and those who cover the sport have gotten used to a world in which players call their own shots. When LeBron James turned his free agency into a televised event called "The Decision," he got slammed from all corners, from (predictably) the owner of the team he ended up leaving to (unpredictably) Psychology Today.