Fresh off their recent championship victory in the Orlando Bubble back in early October, the Los Angeles Lakers will only have a couple of months to get a quick rest before the commencement of the 2020-2021 NBA season. The Purple and Gold will head straight to their title defense which starts on Dec. 22 with a showdown against their hallway rivals in the Los Angeles Clippers.
Lakers star Anthony Davis likened the league's situation with its football counterpart in the NFL which also had a limited amount of preparation heading to its new season back in August. The seven-time All-Star claimed to have been taking his preparations one step at a time as a precautionary measure to avoid injuries.
“I don’t want to rush into anything,” Anthony Davis said on a videoconference via the Los Angeles Times. “We’ve seen, unfortunately, how football went with no preseason, shorter season, and a lot of injuries happen. You don’t want that same thing. So, I’m gonna build up the right way. Coach has been doing a great job of doing that with our team, building up the right way.”
Several big names in Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, and New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley and Cincinnati Bengals rookie gunslinger Joe Burrow, already fell victim to season-ending injuries in the NFL.
Although basketball is a less physical sport compared to football, the risks of sustaining gruesome injuries can still haunt anyone at any given time. The Lakers also can't afford to lose an All-NBA caliber-type of player like Davis, especially in an important campaign next season.
The Chicago native is hopeful that his preparations given the short amount of time allotted for his team will be enough for him to sustain the demands of the upcoming season as he aims to lead the Lakers to their second consecutive title.