For Anthony Davis, there’s a silver lining in every dark cloud. Or a gold lining to be more appropriate.

The Los Angeles Lakers star big man opened up about missing a ton of games this season due to various injuries. Davis’ absence was truly felt by the defending champions, especially since LeBron James also got sidelined for an extended period.

But while many players would’ve been crushed mentally for suffering a rash of injuries, Davis said his long absence actually did him good. He said missing 30 games this season was like having an extra break after such a short offseason (via Silver Screen and Roll).

“I feel great. The progression was something that I definitely wasn’t used to. I never took that many games off at one time—30 games in one season—so it was different, but it was good, especially in a short offseason, to have that gap where I can get fully healthy and kind of have that offseason that we didn’t have.”

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Davis and LeBron only played 27 games together this campaign, a big drop from their 59 games together last season. Good thing for them, chemistry has never been an issue, even if they sat out for a long time. Besides, the only games that matter for AD now are the ones from here on out.

“My wind feels good. I have my rhythm back. I’m ready to go.”

It was clear that Anthony Davis indeed some extra healing time after their exhausting run to the title last season. The NBA only took a few weeks of rest before plunging into the next campaign, giving the Lakers less time to recuperate. But in the NBA Playoffs, there’s no such thing as rest.