At first, it looked like Davis had suffered a serious back injury. However, tests showed that Davis sustained a bruised gluteus maximus and everyone inside the Lakers organization breathed a sigh of relief.
Speaking to Lakers reporters on Tuesday for the first time since his injury, Davis said he was relieved his injury wasn't “a fracture or anything.”
Anthony Davis: "It was very relieving knowing that just based on how I felt, that it wasn't a fracture or anything like that where you need surgery and you're out weeks or months."
— Melissa Rohlin (@melissarohlin) January 14, 2020
In his first season with the Lakers, Anthony Davis has been a monster on both ends of the court. He’s averaging 27.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 blocks while shooting 50.4 percent from the field, 29.7 percent from beyond the arc and 85.9 percent from the free-throw line.
The Lakers have the luxury of sitting Davis since they have the best record in the Western Conference standings and LeBron James leading the offense. They also want to make sure AD is fresh and healthy for the playoff run.
Davis becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer once he declines his 2020-21 player option with the Lakers. AD will decline that player option, but everyone expects the Chicago native to re-sign with LA on a long-term deal.