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Lakers’ Frank Vogel says team approved Anthony Davis’ trip to watch Packers amid injury

Anthony Davis, Frank Vogel

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis has been recuperating from a hard fall he took against the New York Knicks, missing the team’s last two games on the road versus the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder.

The six-time All-Star, however, has come under fire recently for traveling to Wisconsin to witness the Green Bay Packers take on the Seattle Seahawks over the weekend. He was joined by teammates Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lakers assistant coach Mike Penberthy

Davis, who is a big Packers fan, was diagnosed with a gluteus maximus contusion after landing hard on his tailbone last week.

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel made it clear that Davis did have the team’s blessing to attend the game, claiming it did not alter his rehab from injury.

“They mentioned it to Rob [Pelinka], Rob mentioned it to me and it’s an off day and it’s something that we endorse,” Vogel was quoted as saying in an ESPN report by Dave McMenamin. “Medical team said it was not a factor,” he added.

Vogel also said that Lakers GM Rob Pelinka had no problems with Davis’ request to see the Packers live, adding that standing around on the field in freezing temperatures had no ill effects on Davis’ rehab.

Since joining the Lakers over the summer, Anthony Davis has led the Purple and Gold back to relevance with phenomenal averages of 27.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.6 blocks in his first year in Los Angeles.  The Lakers are expected to make a deep playoff run this season, and Davis’ health will indeed be the deciding factor of their championship aspirations.