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Anthony Davis ready to be Lakers’ No. 1 offensive option: ‘I’ve got goosebumps just thinking about this year’

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LOS ANGELES. To say that Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis is looking forward to the start of the 2022-23 season would be an understatement.

“I’m so excited I get goosebumps just thinking about this year,” Davis told Sportzshala Sports this week. “I’m looking forward to a healthy year and doing what I know we can do.”

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Playing in just 40 games due to injuries last season and the Lakers not making the playoffs at all, the 29-year-old power forward said his mission is to help the franchise get back on track for the year.

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“This summer, I focused on strengthening my body,” Davis told Sportzshala Sports. “I have to be on the court and show my best qualities so that we can be the best. I’m ready to do it.”

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Head coach Darwin Ham will look to use the eight-time All-Star as the No. 1 offensive option to help minimize the burden on four-time MVP LeBron James, who is entering his 20th season.

Davis said James, 37, told him he would take over the reins of the team while the rest of the roster followed suit.

Being a dominant force on both ends of the court, he has a skill set. The question has always been its durability.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis and head coach Darwin Ham chat during Lakers Media Day at the UCLA Medical Training Center in El Segundo, Calif., on September 26, 2022.  (Christina House/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis and head coach Darwin Ham chat during Lakers Media Day at the UCLA Medical Training Center in El Segundo, Calif., on September 26, 2022. (Christina House/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Those close to Davis told Sportzshala Sports that the striker had the best summer in training. There have always been rumors about Davis leading the Lakers all season, but those close to him think he’s ready for it this year.

“All I can do is direct my actions,” Davis told Sportzshala Sports. “I am excited about this challenge and what lies ahead. I think we have a great group of guys who will do their job. Now it’s up to work.”

Ham has already warned the team members: if you don’t play defense, you won’t play.

Offseason additions Patrick Beverley said he’s already started watching movies of some of last season’s Lakers games to see what defensive adjustments he can implement.

Davis said the team has embraced Ham’s defensive philosophy and he’s looking forward to seeing it all come together.

“This is where we will be strongest defensively,” Davis told Sportzshala Sports. “I’m going to demand that we stay true and lead in this direction. I love playing defense. I think you’re going to see a very different Lakers team, and I can’t wait to get there.”



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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