Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis reiterated his belief that the 2019-20 championship is the “toughest in NBA history.”
Some have wondered whether this season should be labeled with an asterisk given the four-month hiatus due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, others have said the hiatus and demands of the “bubble” would make for a stern test.
Davis appears to be in the latter group:
“This is going to be a tough one,” the Lakers’ All-Star center said, via Mark Medina of USA TODAY. “This is going to be the toughest championship in NBA history.”
By now, the players are quite used to playing without fans (aside from family members) in the stands. However, there is something about not having the supporters at the end of the journey that makes the series all the more strange.
Then there is the fact the players on the Lakers and Miami Heat have mostly been in isolation for close to three months now, dating back to the start of training camps ahead of the restart.
Davis is prepared for the challenge ahead, and the Lakers will certainly hope he can help carry the load against a well-balanced Heat team.
“The Brow” has been a dominant force during these playoffs, averaging 28.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists while also shooting close to 10 free-throw attempts per game.
However, Davis will face an entirely different challenge in Heat big man Bam Adebayo, who has been terrific in his own right.
Regardless, AD feels the winner will have earned this championship to the fullest extent.