Anthony Davis says his goal is to play in all 82 games
Anthony Davis played 40 games last season and 36 the season before. Charles Barkley dubbed it “street clothes”.
In a critical season for him and the Lakers, the biggest question with Anthony Davis isn’t his skills and whether he can be elite, but how much the Lakers can trust him to be on the court. ? Davis said on media day that his goal was to play all 82 games (sculminating at Spectrum Sportsnetthe Lakers station in Los Angeles).
A full 82 may be optimistic, but Davis saw last season as a fluke.
“Last season I had two injuries that you can’t really control. I mean, a guy fell in my knee, landed on my foot,” Davis said earlier on media day. “And the good thing for me is that the doctors after looking at us, they could have been 10 times worse.”
Davis spoke about his training regimen, ensuring his body is both rested and stronger for this long season, knowing that more will be asked of him. New coach Darvin Ham wants to run more of the offense through Davis, but all Lakers plans are moot if Davis and LeBron James is not healthy and has been on the court for at least 65 games this season.
“The goal of my game is to be available…” LeBron said Monday. “Availability is the most important thing in your league and being able to be available on the pitch.”
Ham needs to walk the line to push this team to defend better, show a toughness they lacked last season and make the playoffs in the Deep West while keeping their star minutes in check. In a league focused on recovery, the Lakers must prioritize that as well.
“Just being efficient with how we train, how we deal with shootouts, how we deal with their minutes,” Ham said Monday. “I don’t need ‘Bron or Ad to play playoff minutes in October, November, December.”
It’s the first days of training camp, everyone is feeling good, everyone is rested and everyone is upbeat. The real tests for the Lakers and Davis begin in a few weeks – and how many Lakers stars will play.
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