Jared Dudley thinks playing with LeBron James has helped transform Anthony Davis
Despite only having been together for a few months as members of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dudley has keenly observed how Davis has tweaked his approach to basketball and keeping himself on the court, taking from one of the best when it comes to availability.
“I think AD took his whole mental and physical (approach) this year to a whole new level,” Dudley told Brett Dawson of The Athletic after Tuesday’s game. “I think LeBron was huge for that. LeBron getting him in the weight room, taking care of his body.”
The Lakers big recently slammed his back onto the hardwood after a hard fall on Tuesday night, attempting to block former teammate Julius Randle. He stayed down for nearly two minutes before he walked off the court on his own accord.
Many expected Davis would stay home and recover from the injury, but he’s now traveling with the team ahead of a two-game road trip — a sign he’s taken notes from James, who has plowed through many dings in his 17-year career.
James reportedly spends $1.5 million per year in his physical health, between a cryogenic chamber and many other state-of-the-art machines and regimens to keep himself in tip-top shape for a long 82-game season.
“That’s how I think he’s missed so (few) games,” said Dudley. “For AD, when you have somebody to set the example and show you how to take care of your body and then you see how he plays, it’s phenomenal.”
Davis has bulked up from the 240 pounds he weighed last season to a beefier 253, a sign he’s improved his muscle mass to better handle the wear and tear that goes on during the season. The results are hard to argue against, as Davis is putting up 27.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game this season.