Video: Lakers superstar Anthony Davis gets in pregame routine despite thumb sprain
Los Angeles Lakers superstar big man Anthony Davis did some pregame shooting on Monday at Staples Center.
The MRI on the right thumb of Davis came back negative. AD suffered the injury during a preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets in China.
We’re awaiting an update on both Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma that should come momentarily. Meanwhile, Davis has been shooting on the court, looking smooth, with no tape on the thumb. pic.twitter.com/Ropzv0X27D
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) October 15, 2019
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.
The Lakers open the regular season against the Los Angeles Clippers. There’s no point for LA to play Davis in the remaining preseason games if he’s got pain or discomfort in his thumb.
Davis said back in July he doesn’t expect to be load managed by the Lakers during the regular season. Los Angeles will obviously sit Davis if he’s hurt.
The Lakers are getting the third most efficient scorer in NBA history in Davis. AD has the third-best player efficiency rating in league history at 27.4. LeBron James is second at 27.6. Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan is first at 27.9.