Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis spoke to reporters on Sunday for the first time since an MRI revealed a sprained MCL in his left knee. Davis will be out at least four weeks before being re-evaluated.

All things considered, the news could have been worse. Best-case scenario, Davis could return in 13-15 games.

A downbeat AD kept things in perspective in his pre-game media availability before the Lakers matchup with the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

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“I mean, mentally, I’m fine,” he told reporters. “I’m in good spirits, just being around the team. Obviously avoided a major injury, which has kind of got my spirits back up because I just didn’t know.”

Davis said that, in the moment Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jaden McDaniels fell into his knee on Friday, he feared a torn MCL.

“I did hear something pop – and the first thing I thought of was that. … Thank God it wasn’t that.”

Davis said he was thankful to avoid surgery, which he called “good news.” Of course, he's still frustrated to be out for an extended stretch.

Davis said his wife has been one of his most steadfast supporters and has kept him grounded. “She’s the one who keeps me in a good place for real.”

AD has averaged 23.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 2.0 blocks in 27 games this season with a .569 true shooting percentage.

David Fizdale — whose serving as Lakers head coach on Sunday with Frank Vogel in health and safety protocols — said the Lakers will have to rely on their ball movement to tread water without AD.