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Lakers’ Anthony Davis on load management — ‘If I can play, I’m going to play’


Los Angeles Lakers superstar big man Anthony Davis is going to play in games if he’s healthy.

Davis, who was load managed by the New Orleans Pelicans last season after his trade request went public, wants to play in as many games as he can for the Lakers this 2019-20 campaign.

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.

We saw last season that 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 that we know of.

Davis is dealing with a sore right right shoulder at the moment, but it doesn’t appear to be serious. AD is averaging 26.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Lakers while shooting 48.3 percent from the field, 28.0 percent from beyond the arc and 88.9 percent from the free-throw line.