Lakers’ Anthony Davis trying ‘crazy positions’ to avoid injury
Los Angeles Lakers star big man Anthony Davis has missed 108 games due to injuries or illness in his first seven seasons in the NBA.
Injuries are something athletes can’t control. Whether it’s spraining your ankle on a routine drive to the basket or accidentally bumping knees with another player, basketball players are prone to injury every time they step on the court and Davis has been very prone to injuries since entering the league.
That’s why this summer, Davis has been “going into crazy positions” to avoid injuries.
“I’ve watched how a lot of people get hurt during the seasons, and obviously that’s something we all dread, and so I’m training to find ways to prevent that,” Davis told Peter Flax of RedBull.com. “I’m going into crazy positions.
“I’m trying to maximize my strength in these awkward positions. That way, when I’m in those positions with a lot of load or someone is pushing me, my body and my ligaments and tendons can handle it.”
Anthony Davis has never played more than 75 games in a season. For the Lakers to win the championship this upcoming season, AD has to be healthy for the majority of the regular season so the team can get a high playoff seed.
Once the playoffs start, the Lakers can only hope Davis is at his peak, both physically and mentally.
Last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, Davis averaged 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.4 blocks in 56 games. The six-time All-Star shot 51.7 percent from the floor, 33.1 percent from the 3-point line and 79.4 percent from the charity stripe.