Lakers superstar Anthony Davis is ‘100 percent healthy,’ confident about his conditioning
Los Angeles Lakers superstar big man Anthony Davis says he’s “100 percent healthy” and confident his body will be able to hold up during the regular season.
Davis is prone to injuries. The six-time All-Star has never played more than 75 games in a season. If he’s healthy, though, Davis wants to play without a minutes restriction. The Lakers will obviously sit Davis if he’s hurt.
Davis can’t help win games if he’s on the bench. A list of his past injuries catalogs a painful litany of strained knees, bruised hips, sprained and fractured digits, sore shoulders and quads and back spasms.
And so Davis trains — he works smarter, he mindfully considers his tendons, he even rests with scientific precision. “I’m 100 percent healthy and I feel fine,” Davis says. “I feel very confident in myself.”
Last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.4 blocks in 56 games. The Chicago native shot 51.7 percent from the floor, 33.1 percent from the 3-point line and 79.4 percent from the charity stripe.
We saw load management worked very well for Kawhi Leonard, who guided the Toronto Raptors to the NBA championship over the Golden State Warriors in six games. However, Leonard and Davis are in two different situations. Kawhi has a quad/knee ailment which is likely going to affect him for the rest of his career. Davis, meanwhile, doesn’t have any arthritic conditions which we know of.
With Davis and LeBron James leading the charge, the Lakers have a really good shot at winning the 2020 title as long as both superstars stay healthy.