Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel is expecting a big 2021-22 season from Anthony Davis.
Not only should Davis be healthier and motivated after a frustrating 2020-21 campaign — but the superstar big-man is, well, bigger.
Vogel hopped on Spectrum's “LakeShow” podcast on Wednesday and shed some light on AD's apparent physical transformation this summer. Clearly, Davis' new look has Vogel feeling particularly optimistic about the upcoming season.
“He put a lot of work this off-season into his body, a lot of work,” Vogel said. “We had a moment maybe two weeks ago, where he had been training at home and we had a lot of conversations about concerns we have with our team … And (AD) comes in for a workout, the first time we've seen him for a while, and his body looked imposing. And we all just looked at each other like, ‘We're going to be really good this year. Just looking at that guy right there, we're going to be really good this year.'”
Folks on Lakers Twitter have noticed Davis' freshly imposing physique in recent weeks.
Anthony Davis sighting in San Diego 👀
Looks like he’s been in the gym a lot this off-season 💪 pic.twitter.com/roH5oqCTFj
— The Laker Files (@LakerFiles) September 6, 2021
Davis was limited to 36 games in 2020-21, and never quite reached 100 percent following a uniquely short offseason, which the Lakers cited as a hindrance throughout the season and Vogel re-iterated on Wednesday. Davis dealt with a slew of bumps and bruises early on — leading to relatively inefficient basketball — before straining his Achilles on Feb. 14 (at the time, I argued the team mismanaged their star).
Davis then suffered groin and knee injuries in the team's first-round loss to the Phoenix Suns. After the fact, Davis said all the leg ailments were interconnected.
Notably, the Lakers' first major move of a busy offseason was parting ways with Head Trainer Nina Hsieh. Earlier this month, the team announced the hiring of Roger Sancho as Head Trainer and promoted Ed Streit to Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.