Anthony Davis Played 40 games last season and 36 the year before. Charles Barkley called him “streetwear.”
In a critical season for him and the Lakers, the biggest question with Anthony Davis is not about his skills or whether he can become an elite, but how much can the Lakers trust him on the court? Davis said on media day that his goal is to play all 82 games (withaccess to Spectrum SportsnetLakers station in Los Angeles).
Ellie Clifton: “Any personal goals for you [into this season]?”
Anthony Davis: “As far as I can, I play all 82 [games]and then return to the level of basketball that I know I can play, which is to be elite and dominant.”pic.twitter.com/EJAVrtQfjD
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 26, 2022
A full 82 may be optimistic, but Davis sees last season as a fluke.
“Last season I had two injuries that are uncontrollable. I mean, the guy fell on my knee, landed on my leg,” Davis told media earlier in the day. “And the good thing for me is that the doctors, after they looked at us, could be, like, 10 times worse.”
Davis spoke about his training regime, how his body has rested and become stronger during this long season, knowing that more will be demanded of him. New coach Darwin Ham wants to run more attacks through Davis, but the Lakers’ plans are all moot if Davis and LeBron James are not healthy and have played at least 65 games on the court this season.
“My game is focused on being accessible…,” LeBron said on Monday. “Accessibility is the most important thing in his league, as well as the ability to be available on the pitch.”
Ham will have to push this team to better defend, show the toughness they lacked last season, and make the playoffs in the far West while maintaining control over their all-star game. In a league where recovery is on the rise, the Lakers should prioritize that too.
“Just be efficient in how we train, how we manage shootouts, how we manage their minutes,” Ham said on Monday. “I don’t need Bron or Ed to play in the playoffs in October, November, December.”
These are the first days of the training camp, everyone feels good, everyone has had a rest, everyone is optimistic. The real test for the Lakers and Davis will begin in a few weeks – and how long the Lakers stars will play.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski called it a “cap-focused deal” as it helped the Thunder get about $10 million below the luxury tax, while Houston added a 2nd round pick, earning $1 million in as a place under the ceiling.
The Rockets have acquired Derrick Favors, You are Jerome, Mo Harkless, Theo Maledon and a 2025 protected 2nd round pick by the Hawks and sent David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke as well as Marquis Criss in Oklahoma City.
Equity-focused deal for both teams: Thunder gets two trade exemptions and loses about $10 million in luxury tax. The Rockets received a second-round pick for a million-dollar salary. Favor will make a difference as a backup hub or elsewhere on the marketplace. https://t.co/k8zpgthwOh
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 30, 2022
The Atlanta second-rounder is protected 31-40 and will be the second-best 2026 second-round pick between the Mavericks, Thunder and 76ers if he doesn’t move in 2025.
Locked On Rockets’ Jackson Gatlin tweeted that Houston will also receive $6.3 million in cash from the Thunder.
According to the source #Rockets will receive $6.3 million in cash in a deal with OKC Thunder.
— Jackson Gatlin (@JTGatlin) September 30, 2022
Previous reports have indicated that Derrick Favors is unlikely to stay with the Thunder this season, and Ty Jerome has been out of training camp as his reps have been working with the team to find an exit strategy for him. Kelly Iko of The Athletic reported that Houston plans to drop Jerome. Harkless was traded for the third time this summer. In July, he was transferred from Sacramento to Atlanta as part of Kevin Huerter deal and was then sent to OKC for Vit Krejci earlier this week. I hope he can settle in Houston this season.
As he enters his seventh season, this will be the sixth team Nwaba fits into. The journeyman had several solid seasons, including averaging 9.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals for Houston in the 2020–21 season. Among the players involved in the deal, he is the most likely candidate for a role in his new team next season.
Brown, Burke and Criss have already been sold once this summer in a deal that said Christian Wood to Dallas. Now they will become indispensable in Oklahoma City if the team decides to keep them.
Daily Thunder beat writer Brandon Rahbar noted that the trade would not have been possible without the handicapped exemption the Thunder received due to Chet Holmgreninjury.
Fun fact: this is all made possible by the Chet Holmgren Disabled Player Exception.
You could say that OKC made chicken salad something different.
— Brandon Rahbar (@BrandonRahbar) September 30, 2022
Josh Primo going to get his chance this season. Spurs are rebuilding – even Gregg Popovich says don’t bet on them to win a title — and Primo, entering his second season (and still 19 years old), is one of the most promising young players on their roster, with a chance to be part of what will be built in San Antonio in the future. He just needs more experience.
Unfortunately, he is set to start this season half a step behind after missing most of training camp with a left MCL sprain, the team announced on Thursday. He is expected to return just in time for the opening of the season, the team said.
Promo, drafted 12th overall in the 2021 NBA draft, appeared in 50 games for the Spurs last season and averaged 5.8 points per game, but hasn’t been very effective so far. He also spent a lot of time in the G-League (but then had to miss last Summer League due to COVID).
FROM Dejont Murray Now in Atlanta, not only is the starting point open, but also the opportunities for attack – Primo will have a chance to show what he is capable of. It just won’t happen for a while due to a knee sprain.
Is Anthony Davis #1 attacking option on a championship team?
The Lakers made a big bet on trading Davis—both good young players and picks—that he could help them win the title now and be a bridge to the future.LeBron James. Davis was everything the Lakers hoped for in the bubble and actually won them. banner №17. However, he did not stay healthy and did not always live up to that standard.
New Lakers coach Darwin Ham bets on Davis again and this season he’s going to put more attacks through him. LeBron James is reportedly supportive of Ham. Will Davis be able to stay healthy, get back in shape and be that bridge to the future? IIf he can’t, the Lakers will have to rethink their plans after LeBron leaves. That’s why Davis is under pressure this season.
Davis is excited to prove he’s ready for the role. he told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.. He added that LeBron is pushing him to do it.
“I’m so excited I get goosebumps just thinking about this year,” Davis told Yahoo Sports this week. “I am looking forward to a healthy year and will do what I know we can do.”…
Davis said James, 37, told him he would take over the reins of the team while the rest of the roster followed suit.
The first step for Davis is option number one: stay healthy. Last season he played 40 games and 36…